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Eriksen relishes return to Copenhagen stadium where he collapsed

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 27 Christian Eriksen said his goal on his return to the Danish national team was “just a warm-up” for the match at the same Copenhagen stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest last year.

Eriksen’s appearance as a second-half substitute in the 4-2 loss to the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Saturday was warmly applauded, including by Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

Two minutes after coming on, the 30-year-old scored Denmark’s second goal of the game with a powerful strike into the top corner.

Eriksen said the goal was a “perfect” way to mark his comeback and he was already looking forward to returning to the Danish capital’s Parken Stadium to face Serbia in an international friendly on Tuesday.

He will tread the same pitch where he collapsed in a Euro 2020 game against Finland last year.

“It will be even more special,” he told Danish TV channel Kanal 5 on Saturday. “Today was just a warm-up for Tuesday where I will run exactly where it happened pass.”

Eriksen has shone for Premier League side Brentford since signing in January after being released by Inter Milan.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand, who said Eriksen would be in the starting lineup on Tuesday, said he was surprised by his progress.

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“I didn’t expect he could be this good so quickly,” Hjulmand told Danish reporters.

“He was running without any difficulty and he brought rhythm to the game. He was very calm. I really enjoy watching him play. »