On an emotional return to the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Tuesday evening, Christian Eriksen scored in a 3-0 friendly win over Serbia.
Last June, the 30-year-old suffered a heart attack during Denmark’s first Euro 2020 group game against Finland, requiring emergency treatment on the field.
Eriksen, a former Tottenham midfielder, had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted following his recovery, and after leaving Inter Milan in January, he joined Brentford to restart his career.
Eriksen made his international comeback in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Holland, scoring two minutes after coming on at halftime.
For Tuesday night’s second friendly international match, the Bees player was awarded the captain’s armband and was the center of attention as he led the squad out to the warmest of receptions.
There was nothing riding on the game itself, with both sides having already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar — Denmark leading their group ahead of Scotland – but that did not dampen the party mood among the home supporters.
Denmark seized the lead in the 15th minute when Joakim Maehle hammered the ball in from the edge of the penalty area after a corner had fallen to him.
As Serbia attacked midway through the first half, Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who leads the Sky Bet Championship with 35 goals, fired wide.
It was largely one-way traffic, though, and it was almost 2-0 just before halftime when Brentford midfielder Christian Norgaard hit the post.
Jesper Lindstrom, an Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder, scored his first senior international goal eight minutes into the second half.
After being picked up by Norgaard on the outside of the Serbia penalty area, Eriksen brought the Denmark fans to their feet again in the 57th minute as he stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
Eriksen was replaced by Bournemouth’s Philip Billing with 10 minutes remaining, and he received a standing ovation as he passed the armband to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and was hugged by the Denmark coaching staff on his way to the bench.