IT was a winning start to EURO 2020 for QPR’s Niko Hamalainen on a traumatic Saturday evening.
Hamalainen was an unused substitute in Copenhagen, where Finland’s historic 1-0 victory was overshadowed by the collapse of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen.
The game was suspended shortly before half-time after the Inter Milan midfielder fell to the ground and received emergency treatment on the field.
After news Eriksen had stabilised in hospital, the match eventually resumed.
Finland – competing at their first-ever major tournament – made the breakthrough courtesy of Joel Pohjanpalo’s header on the hour-mark.
Denmark were given the chance to level from the spot, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s penalty was saved by Lukas Hradecky.
Next up for Hamalainen and co is a trip to St Petersburg to face Russia on Wednesday.
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