25 min:Belgium are finally playing at the same speed as Denmark but are having no luck in getting the ball anywhere near Romelu Lukaku, who seems isolated up front.
22 min:Belgium get forward but a Thomas Meunier cross from the right flies straight into the arms of Kasper Schmeichel. Romelu Lukaku hasn’t had a meaningful touch of the ball yet. He may not have had a touch at all.
20 min: Almost three minutes pass without Denmark threatening to increase their lead. Belgium will be happy with that, no doubt. They are, remember, the No1 ranked team in the world according to Fifa.
17 min: Jason Denayer sticks his head in to prevent Braithwaite steering a header goalwards at the near post. Moments previously, Vertonghen and he had been caught out by a through ball down the inside right, which led to another Poulsen cross from the right. Courtois collected that one.
14 min: Vertonghen looks way off the pace here and is beaten for speed as Denmark get another cross in from the right. There’s nobody on hand to connect.
13 min: With Jan Vertonghen stranded in no-man’s land, Belgium’s Thomas Meunier gets back to prevent Denmark striker Mikkel Damsgaard poking home a Poulsen cross from the right.
12 min: Play having resumed, Belgium try to get a foothold in this game. They were absolutely blitzed in the opening six minutes but finally string a few passes together.
10 min: Play halts as all present in the ground, including the players and match officials, applaud Christian Eriksen, who can probably hear them from his hospital bed less than 400 meteres away.
9 min: Gping back to the goal, which seems a long time ago. D by enayer gave the ball away with a loose pass out of defence straight to Hoijbjerg. Denayer compounded his error by getting sucked into space outside the penalty area, leaving a clear path for the Spurs midifleder to find Poulsen on the edge of the area. He made no mistaske, shooting low and hard beyond the reach of Courtois into the bottom left-hand corner.
5 min: The Danish onslaught continues as Daniel Wass gets on the end of a cross from the left but steers a weak header into the arms of Courtois. Belgium plan to put the ball out of play so everybody in the ground can pay tribute to Eriksen on the 10-minute market. They must be wishing he wore No6 or No7, just so they can get a moment of respite a little earlier.
3 min:Belgium are all over the shop and almost go two gone as Joakim Maehle wriggles his way through the their penalty area, shoots and brings a smart save out of Thibaut Courtois, who can only parry the ball clear.
GOAL! Denmark 1-0 Belgium (Poulsen 2)
Denmark lead! A mistake from Jason Denayer results in Yussef Poulsen picking up a pass on the edge of the penalty area and shooting low into the far corner.
1 min: Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard goes to ground wide on the right after finding himself on the receiving end of a “getting to know you” tackle from Daniel Wass.
Denmark v Belgium is go …
1 min:Denmark get the ball rolling, their players wearing red shirts, shorts and socks. Their Belgian counterparts wear white shirts, shorts and socks.
Not long now: As a giant “Eriksen No10” shirt is unfurled on the pitch, the players of both teams prepare to march out. Jan Vertonghen leads the Belgian side, while Simon Kjaer wears the armband for Denmark. Good luck to all of them on what must be a weird day. It’s time for the anthems and kick off is less than five minutes away.
This just in: Never mind the near death experiences or concussions, Uefa have moved quickly to stamp out the growing menace of players … moving drinks bottles out of shot at press conferences.
Following Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to move a bottle of Coca-Cola out of the picture and replace it with water (a move subsequently aped by Italy’s Manuel Locatelli) and French midfielder Paul Pogba’s removal of a bottle of Heineken, Uefa have warned participating federations of their responsibilites to sponsors.
“Uefa has reminded participating teams that partnerships are integral to the delivery of the tournament and to ensuring the development of football across Europe, including for youth and women,” they said.
“We are never fining players directly from the Uefa side, we will do this always through the participating national association and then they could look if they will go further to the player, but we are not going directly for the moment to the player,” said tournament director Martin Kallen.
Those teams: Roberto Martinez makes two changesd to his Belgium teamn. Thomas Meunier comes in for the injured Timothy Castagne, while Jason Denayer replaces Dedrick Boyata in defence.
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand also makes two changes and looks to be switching to three at the back for this game. With Christian Eriksen absent, Yannik Vestergaard comes into defence while Mikkel Damsgaard comes into the forward line for Jonas Wind.
Full time: Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia
Group C: Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine have prevailed over North Macedonia in a lively game featuring three goals, two saved penalties and a soupcon of VAR in Bucharest, leaving Goran Pandev and chums reliant on Austria doing them a favour against the Netherlands tonight if they are to avoid going out in the group stages.
A tribute: Both sets of players will halt play in the 10th minute of today’s game in order to take a moment so everyone in the stadium can send good vibes in the direction of Christian Eriksen. Ten, of course, being the Danish midfielder’s shirt number.
Early team news
It should go without saying that Denmark will be without Christian Eriksen. Kasper Hjulmand has an otherwise physically fit squad to choose from, but was planning to speak to the rest of his players individually in a bid to evaluate their state of mind following the traumatic events they watched unfold before making his selection for tonight.
For Belgium, Axel Witsel (achilles) and Kevin De Bruyne (facial fractures) are reported to have recovered from the injuries that kept them out of Belgium’s tournament build-up and the opening game in Moscow and both could make their first appearances in the competition this evening.
Jan Vertonghen is also reported to be fit but this match despite injuring his ankle against Russia. Timothy Castagne’s Euro 2020 campiagn is over after he suffered facial injuries in a collision with Daler Kuzyaev in Belgium’s opening win.
Group B: Denmark v Belgium
Following the distressing events of Saturday night, when Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the pitch, the players of Denmark have had a few days to come to terms with what happened to their teammate, Having been left with little or no option to play on against Finland in a match they lost, they have had a chance to regroup, gather their thoughts and now must go again.
Due in no small part to the heroic efforts of the medical staff who saved his life, Eriksen is currently recuperating in a hospital that’s just a Gareth Bale penalty kick away from the Parken Stadium and reports suggest he will be tuning in as his Denmark team-mates once again enjoy home advantage. We wish him all the very best in his recovery.
The players of Belgium, by contrast, have been clocking up the mileage. Since Saturday, they have travelled home from St Petersburg following their win over Russia, before travelling to Copenhagen for tonight’s game. A draw should see them through to the last 16. Kick-off at the Parken Stadium is at 5pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.