Denmark and Belgium pay tribute to Christian Eriksen with 10th-minute gesture

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Denmark and Belgium have paid tribute to Christian Eriksen with a touching 10th-minute gesture.

The Scandinavian team are playing their first game since their midfielder collapsed on the pitch in their Euro 2020 opener against Finland on June 12.

With the 29-year-old now recovering in hospital, the teams have paid tribute to the midfielder by stopping play.

Denmark were leading 1-0 through Yussuf Poulson's second-minute strike when play stopped in the 10th minute – the number which Eriksen wears for his country.

Applause then broke out on the pitch and in stands of the Parken Arena, Copenhagen, for a minute before play resumed.

It was planned by Romelu Lukaku, who plays with the Dane at Inter Milan, who revealed his plan for the gesture earlier.

Speaking in the press conference ahead of the match, the forward said: "After 10 minutes of the match, we will put the ball in touch to applaud.

"Several players from our country have played with him but we will be there to win and that is the most important.”

On an emotional day for the Danish team, they walked out to iconic Liverpool song "You'll Never Walk Alone" in a message to their team-mate.

Lukaku's gesture following his own tribute to the midfielder after scoring in Belgium's 3-0 win against Russia.

Scoring the first goal after 10 minutes, Eriksen's Inter Milan team-mate ran to the camera and said "I love you".

Eriksen is understood to be wearing his Denmark shirt while watching the game from his hospital bed.

The 29-year-old is still recovering from his cardiac arrest which he suffered just before half-time against Finland with emergency treatment given by the medical staff on the pitch.

Thankfully, Eriksen is now in a stable condition in Rigshospitalet which is situated just 10 minutes away from Parken Stadium in Copenhagen where all three of Denmark's Euro 2020 Group B matches will take place.

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