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Belgium vs Russia LIVE: Euro 2020 team news, line-ups and latest build-up

Countdown to Euro 2020: Daily briefing

Belgium, as one of the main favourites for Euro 2020, will have plenty of eyeballs on them tonight when they take on Russia, one of the co-hosts for this tournament.

Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils are in Russia without Kevin De Bruyne or Axel Witsel, but they still have plenty of firepower in the first of two games in this Group B, with Denmark also ready to host Belgium in front of their own fans in Copenhagen.

That will complicate what should otherwise be a straight-forward group for Belgium, with Finland completing the quartet.

Belgium’s qualification campaign was sensational, scoring 40 and conceding just three, with a perfect ten wins from their ten games, that momentum has carried through despite the postponement of the tournament due to Covid-19, with 12 wins from 16 matches (three draws and just one loss).

Thibaut Courtois meanwhile has played down any concerns about a Covid-19 outbreak, following Russia midfielder Andrei Mostovoy testing positive for the virus and being replaced in the squad by defender Roman Yevgenyev on Friday, adding to breakouts in the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden squads.

“It is not something that frightens us. It is something that has happened a lot over the last season in many leagues,” said the Real Madrid goalkeeper. “We are kind of used to that. It is unfortunate for them but I think we are protected and I don’t think we have a problem with that. When you play against a team that you’ve already played previously, you know them a little better. You know their weak points a little better and that’s always a good thing, although I suppose it could also count against you the other way round. But we know each other well and we are again well prepared for tomorrow.

“The first match, everyone may still play with the handbrake on, so as not to give anything away, especially defensively. But I hope we will play well from the kick off tomorrow. We play in Russia. We have already won here and hopefully we do it again and it becomes the start of a good month.”

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Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen taken to hospital

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch three minutes before half-time in Denmark’s game vs Finland. He was immediately treated by medical professionals and the match was postponed.

A crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information is due at 18:45 UK time.

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Euro 2020: Denmark vs Finland suspended

The Inter Milan midfielder stumbled to the turf towards the end of the first half against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen

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Euro 2020: Denmark vs Finland suspended

All thoughts of the game have gone out of the window. The stadium has come to a complete stand still. Everyone is trying to deal with the shock.

We’re all just praying for Christian Eriksen’s recovery.

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Euro 2020: Denmark vs Finland suspended

The scenes of Christian Eriksen were very reminiscent of Fabrice Muamba’s on field collapse while playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2012.

He suffered a cardiac arrest but thankfully recovered although never played again.

All our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen’s family and teammates and we hope he pulls through.

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Euro 2020: Denmark vs Finland suspended

There is no new information about Christian Eriksen’s condition but the game has been suspended because of the medical emergency.

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Euro 2020: Denmark 0 - 0 Finland

The Finland players have left the pitch and headed into the changing room area. The medical staff are still working on Christian Eriksen. Sheets are being held up around the player as they continue their work.

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Euro 2020: Denmark 0 - 0 Finland

The stadium is in total shock. Some of the Danish players are in tears. There’s no word yet on Eriksen’s condition. The television camera’s are avoiding that area of the pitch.

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Euro 2020: Denmark 0 - 0 Finland

47 mins: The medical staff are treating Christian Eriksen. It appears as though they are performing CPR. There are a lot of worried looks from the Danish players. This isn’t good.

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Euro 2020: Denmark 0 - 0 Finland

43 mins: What’s gone on here? Christian Eriksen is down and the stretcher has been called for immediately by referee Anthony Taylor. Eriksen seemed to just faint as a throw in came his way. There was no-one else around him and this looks bad.

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Euro 2020: Denmark 0 - 0 Finland

40 mins: Delaney has repeatedly found little pockets of space over on the inside left. He passes the ball into the front edge of the box where Wind lays the ball off to Martin Braithwaite. He rolls the ball onto his right foot and strikes one at goal only to fire it side of the far post.

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