From the horror of Eriksen's collapse to a Wembley semi-final: Denmark's incredible Euro 2020 journey

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The winners of Euro 2020 will be either Italy or England, with the two nations contending Sunday's final at Wembley - however, for most neutrals, the true champions of the tournament are Denmark.

The Danish side had to overcome horrendous circumstances after talismanic midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during their opening game with Finland, which sent shockwaves across the world of football.

Kasper Hjulmand's team showed remarkable team spirit to come together and recover both mentally and in football terms as they made it all the way to the semi-final of the competition. Goal looks back at their incredible journey...

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    A proud nation

    Denmark's Euros journey ended with tired legs on the Wembley pitch, but they can depart with their heads held high.

    Having started the competition with near-tragedy, they came close to unimaginable glory and thrilled fans and neutrals alike along the way.

    While the celebrations in Copenhagen were eventually cut short, Danish fans will have plenty to remember from their incredible Euro 2020.

    With an exciting and talented squad of players, and the remarkable Kasper Hjulmand at the helm, there's likely to be plenty to look forward to in the future as well.

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    Schmeichel's Wembley heroics

    England responded, and eventually won the game after extra time - but credit must be given to goalkeeper Schmeichel, who for long periods looked as if he might deny the Three Lions all on his own.

    The son of Euro 92 winner Peter, Schmeichel denied Raheem Sterling superbly in a one-on-one situation in the first half, acrobatically kept out a Harry Maguire header in the second, and saved Harry Kane's penalty in added time - only for the England captain to net the rebound.

    The Leicester City keeper had starred at Wembley in last season's FA Cup final, and he was just as good on Wednesday night.

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    Damsgaard's wow moment

    One of the strangest ironies of the Euros is that had Eriksen not been ruled out of the tournament, Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard would have been unlikely to have seen as much game time.

    The youngest member of the Danish squad - he turned 21 four days before the semi - stunned the Wembley crowd in the first half as he fired an exceptional dipping free-kick past Jordan Pickford.

    It was the first goal England conceded at the Euros, and it could hardly have been a better one. An incredible moment for a player who has a bright future ahead of him.

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    Maehle comes of age

    Joakim Maehle was only a player well-known to Denmark fans and Serie A afficionados before the tournament - but his magnificent performances at the Euros have made him one to watch for all football fans.

    Having scored in the last 16, the Atalanta wing-back produced a moment of genius against Czech Republic in the quarter-final, with his stunning cross with the outside of his right foot setting up Dolberg to slot home.

    Denmark had to hold off a resurgent Czech side in the second half, but won 2-1 to book a semi-final showdown with England at Wembley.

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    Dolberg hits his stride

    While much of Denmark's run at Euro 2020 was down to a strong collective unit, they have had individual stars who lit up the competition - Kasper Dolberg being a prime example.

    Dolberg had an underwhelming club season with Nice, but shone at the Euros as Denmark's top scorer with three goals, two of them coming in the 4-0 rout of Wales in the round of 16.

    Indeed, it was a phenomenal performance by the Danes in Amsterdam, laying down a real marker as a team that could go all the way.

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    A miracle in Copenhagen

    Thanks to Russia beating Finland, Denmark were still in the hunt to qualify for the last 16 going into their final group game against the Russians - but they needed a victory.

    And they achieved it in style, blowing away Stanislav Cherchesov's side 4-1, scoring some truly magnificent goals - Mikkel Damsgaard's curled opener and Andreas Christensen's thumped fourth the highlights.

    Thanks to Belgium defeating Finland 2-0, Denmark were able to snatch second place and qualify for the knock-outs - a staggering achievement.

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    Group-stage exit?

    There were emotional scenes in Copenhagen ahead of Denmark's second group game, against Belgium, most notably after 10 minutes, when the game was paused for both teams and sets of fans to applaud as a show of support for Eriksen.

    Denmark, inspired by the atmosphere and desire to play for Eriksen, scored the fastest goal of the Euros - Yussuf Poulsen netting after just 99 seconds and sparking immense celebrations.

    However, Belgium rallied and won the game 2-1, inspired by a virtuoso performance from Kevin De Bruyne. At that point it seemed as if Denmark's Euros would be ending after just three matches.

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    Simon Kjaer: The hero of Euro 2020

    One man whose actions were particularly commendable that day was Denmark captain Simon Kjaer, who initially provided aid to Eriksen, helping to save his life.

    Kjaer, along with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, then consoled Eriksen's distraught partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen on the side of the Parken Stadium pitch.

    After confirmation that Eriksen was stable in hospital, the Group B opener resumed and Finland went on to win 1-0.

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    Praying for Eriksen

    As the medics tended to Eriksen, his Denmark team-mates showed remarkable spirit as they shielded the 29-year-old while he received vital, life-saving treatment.

    It was later confirmed that Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest as the football world came together to pray that the former Tottenham midfielder would pull through.

    Thankfully, and in no small part due to the quick medical attention received on the pitch, Denmark's No.10 pulled through and has since been released from hospital as he continues his recovery.

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    Eriksen collapses on the pitch

    Denmark were just about on top in their opening Group B match against Finland, with the game goalless approaching half-time, when an event which will be forever seared on the memories of those who witnessed it unfolded.

    Inter playmaker Christian Eriksen suddenly fell to the ground with no other player near him. Immediately, referee Anthony Taylor called for the medical staff, as players and fans of both nations looked on distraught, praying for a positive outcome.