Danish national team coach Kasper Hjulmand is proud of his players for the way they have recovered after Christian Eriksen's heart attack.

The Danes lost a lead against Belgium on Thursday and lost 1-2.

"This is a great achievement by the players," Hjulmand told

Viaplay afterwards


"We could have won this game when a few days ago they saw one of their best friends fighting for their lives. This is fantastic."

"We turned the emotions into performance. The players dared to say how they felt. Some people have told us to pack, but we are still in the tournament and living in the present. The players are concentrating on the match with Christian in their minds."

According to Hjulmand, the players were badly shaken after Eriksen's heart attack, who collapsed during the game against Finland and was successfully resuscitated.

"It was intense," said the Dane.

"Fortunately, football provided the necessary distraction. Without the support of the country, it might not have been possible to play. It gave us energy and morale."

Hjulmand hugs his captain Simon Kjaer afterwards.

Hjulmand hugs his captain Simon Kjaer afterwards.

Photo: AFP

'Deeply touched by the national anthem'

"We had prepared for the emotions," continued Hjulmand, who clapped for his number ten Eriksen after the tenth minute.

"I was already deeply touched when the national anthem was sung. We had agreed in advance to go full throttle."

Denmark took the lead against Belgium after just two minutes of play and put the number one in the FIFA rankings with their backs against the wall, but the visitors recovered after the break and still won 1-2 by goals from Thorgan Hazard and Kevin De bruyne.

"I am only disappointed in one thing today and that is the result," said Hjulmand.

"It's crazy that we didn't get anything out of this game. We dominated against the strongest team in the world. I want to thank everyone for the support and the messages. It means a lot to us."

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