Christian Eriksen has scored a brilliant goal to make a triumphant and emotional return to the Parken Stadium where he almost died of a heart attack at the European Championships last June.
The Denmark international midfielder netted his national team’s third in a 3-0 friendly win over Serbia on Tuesday.
Eriksen, who scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute against Netherlands in Amsterdam on Saturday, was always guaranteed a warm welcome at the stadium that fell into shocked silence when he slumped to the grass in a Euro 2020 group game against Finland.
Joakim Maehle gave the Danes the lead with a thumping deflected drive in the 15th minute and Jesper Lindstroem added a second eight minutes after the break as the home side enjoyed the better chances.
Captaining the team, Eriksen gave the vocal Danish crowd what they wanted in the 57th minute, cutting onto his right foot and firing home a fizzing drive at the opposite end of the pitch to where he collapsed.
Still building his fitness after re-starting his club career at Premier League side Brentford in February, Eriksen was cheered to the rafters as he was replaced in the 80th minute with Kasper Schmeichel kissing him on the head as he handed over the captain’s armband.