• Monday, July 15, 2024
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Euro 2024: Denmark held by Slovenia despite Eriksen’s goal

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Christian Eriksen made a remarkable return to the European Championship at the Euro 2024 with a goal, but Slovenia fought back to secure a draw against Denmark in Stuttgart.

Nearly three years after suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland, Eriksen, now with Manchester United, found the net after just 17 minutes. Denmark seemed poised for victory, but Slovenia’s Erik Janza equalized with a deflected effort 13 minutes from time.

Eriksen was outstanding as Denmark dominated possession in the first half and created several opportunities to extend their lead. However, Slovenia, buoyed by their passionate fans in Stuttgart, levelled the score when Erik Janza’s powerful shot beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with 13 minutes remaining.

Slovenia intensified their pressure in the second half, with star player Benjamin Sesko nearly scoring earlier when his shot hit the post. Matjaz Kek’s side, initially struggling to contain Eriksen, almost stole a late win as Andraz Sporar struck the side-netting and volleyed wide.

Manchester United’s Rasmus Hojlund and Eriksen had earlier chances to score, while Slovenia’s Adam Cerin missed an opportunity with a header at the other end.

This result adds more excitement to Group C, which includes England and Serbia, but it’s disappointing for Denmark, who aim to surpass their semi-final achievement in 2021