Lukaku sends message to Eriksen as Belgium wins at Euro 2020
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Romelu Lukaku brought the Danish player Christian Eriksen a warm message after he scored the first of his two goals in the 3-0 win against Russia on Saturday at the European Championship.
After turning to shoot in the bottom corner in the 10th minute, Lukaku went to a TV camera and grabbed it with both hands and said, "Chris, Chris, I love you."
Lukaku plays for Italian team Inter Milan alongside Eriksen, who needed urgent medical treatment before being rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch during the Danish game against Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.
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This resulted in the game being paused in Denmark for about 90 minutes before resuming and ending just before the start of the Belgian game in St. Petersburg. Eriksen is in stable condition, said UEFA.
Substitute Thomas Meunier scored a second goal in the 34th minute and Lukaku scored the 3-0 in the 88th minute for first-placed Belgium, who secured their status as one of the favorites at Euro 2020 with a comfortable win in front of a heavily pro Russian audience of 26,264 spectators.
Before the game, there were loud hoots around the Saint Petersburg stadium after Belgium's players went on their knees before kick-off. Loud music was played during the anti-racism gesture, but the boos could still be heard.
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