Euro 2020: Denmark's journey through the eyes of the country

Euro 2020 semi-final: England against Denmark Date: Wednesday 7 July. Wembley Stadium in London. Live coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport website and app, as well as ITV. For more information, click hereDenmark has experienced the "emotions" of a lifetime at Euro 2020 in just two weeks. And their rollercoaster ride is not over.After seeing Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch and losing the first two games, the country rallied and defeated Russia in the last group game.The side is riding high on the wave of success and have made it to the semi-finals. They will now face England at Wembley.BBC Sport looks at the Danes' extraordinary story."Everybody was shocked, numb, and expressionless."Before the opening against Finland, Lind (right), and Morten (left) were smiling happily.Jes Hogsberg Lind, a Denmark fan, has been a season ticket holder at FC Copenhagen over a number years. He was also at his home ground for all three group matches.Before the first Euros game was held in the country, there was joy and excitement. There were drinks with friends before heading out to the ground. But it quickly turned to despair.Lind was in the lower tier, near Eriksen's collapsed. He witnessed CPR being performed by medics and saw his fans "crying and praying for" his recovery.Lind told BBC Sport that despite having been to Parken many times, he had never heard the stadium so quiet. "Everyone was shocked, numb, and expressionless. The rest of the game is gone. It didn't really matter because it wasn't important."A few days later, I learned that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had not paid a penalty. I completely forgot about it. A man was seen falling to the ground, and then he was brought back to life.After a delay of two and a half hours, both sets returned to play the game. Denmark lost the first round 1-0 while Belgium won the second 2-1.They defeated Russia 4-1 in their final group game, before moving on to the knockout stage where they beat Wales and the Czech Republic.Lund says that the feeling of heavy shoulders continued until half-time in Belgium. "The players played an amazing first half, and then the bad feeling subsided and we could start to talk football again. We knew Eriksen was fine, breathing normally and in good spirits."The atmosphere at the Russia and Belgium games was electric and it was clear that everyone was there for the team. When Mikkel Damsgaard scored our first goal, the fans went wild. We were able to move on."The tournament brought everyone closer together, the coaches and the players are all on the same journey.""They don't fear losing"Denmark, unlike England, have won the trophy before, defeating Germany in the final in 1992. Supporters are now imagining their team replicating that feat.The Danes were not eligible for the tournament. They were given one week notice to prepare a squad after Yugoslavia was in a state civil war.Kresten Mosbaek, a Danish journalist, said that the Eriksen incident has seen it go down and then rise since. "Emotions that lasted a lifetime were triggered by two weeks of horrifying events, which have now become eloquent in Denmark."It's been incredible for journalists to talk to players. We have stars who play at big clubs. When we talk to them, it brings out the connection between the fans and the team."There are flags everywhere, and this hasn't been seen since 1992. People claim they are closer to a nation now than ever before.Lind said that people cannot help but compare the two, as they are the same fairytale."Either you weren't supposed to be there, or something terrible has happened, so everyone turns around and gets what they can out of each other." Football-wise, this team is superior to the 1992 one."Love and compassion have given wings to the team"Kasper Hjulmand, the Denmark boss, took over from Aga Hareide in July 2020.Hjulmand is a well-respected and popular figure for his connections with fans, the style of football he plays, and how he dealt with the Eriksen incident.He says, "The unity is very powerful." It is not affected by the events that happened to Christian. We saw that life can be taken away quickly in those moments when time stood still.Eriksen was taken to hospital after collapsing during the match against Finland. He was discharged six days later, having been fitted with an implantable heart-starting device.Before returning home, he visited the team.Hjulmand said: "We are carrying Eriksen every step of the way. He is always with us. He is the heartbeat of the team, and we always have him with us."I don’t believe in fairytales but I believe in the character and kindness of this team."We are playing with Christian's heart, the hearts of all the people of Denmark in red and white, who support us. We strongly believe in ourselves.""We are a stronger unit now"As Eriksen was surrounded by the players, the Danish players became visibly upset.Jannik Vestergaard, Southampton's defender, will face off against familiar foes in the Premier League on Wednesday.When asked if he would experience the same highs and lows as the past few weeks, he replied to BBC Sport that he did not think so. This is an experience that will not be repeated."It was something unexpected and we have grown closer as a family, as a unit, and as individuals. We shared our emotions and feelings."We are a stronger unit than before the tournament."