Just nine days ago, Danish players sent a poignant message by forming a circle around medical staff fighting to save the life of their ailing and beloved teammate Christian Eriksen.

And on Monday night, the same Danish players teamed up to form another circle with Eriksen at home watching him recover from his sudden cardiac arrest to mark their unlikely progress into the final 16 of Euro 2020.

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The Danish employees went straight to a soccer app to check whether they had actually moved into the knockout phase

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The moment the Danes knew they were in the last 16

A cheering and victorious Danish crowd at the Parken Stadium had made it pretty clear what had happened in the other group match between Finland and Belgium when the final whistled.

But Denmark’s staff and players wanted confirmation of their second place in Group B after a 4-1 triumph over Russia…. So it became a live soccer app.

Denmark was delighted to win after an incredible high in Group B.

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Denmark was delighted to win after an incredible high in Group B.

A Danish agent held up his phone as the team crowded around him to await the final result of the Belgium v ​​Finland game.

A 2-0 win for Belgium confirmed Denmark’s promotion to the knockout stage, where they will face Wales, and sparked more delusions on the field – and the happy spectators on the ground.

What a great evening for Denmark. But more importantly, what a great evening for Christian Eriksen.

His country made him so proud. This is what football is all about.