The final whistle goes, and Finland have claimed a 1-0 victory in their Group B opener against Denmark. But really, the match and the score does not matter. We can only wish Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery after what has been an awful day. Thanks for joining us for these updates.
- 2nd Half
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- WindSkov Olsen63'
- 1st Half
Denmark - Finland
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It's desperate stuff from Denmark with long balls galore, and Finland look fairly comfortable at the back. The crowd are urging Denmark forward but there is not much energy out there.
Denmark are really struggling to conjure up anything in these late stages. It is so, so tough for them.
A huge chance for Vestergaard as the ball comes over into the box and it's blocked away.
Finland introduce Rasmus Schuller and Joni Kauko for Teemu Pukki and Tim Sparv.
Andreas Cornelius replaces midfielder Thomas Delaney for Denmark in what should be a fairly attacking change.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's penalty is saved by Lukas Hradecky! He dives to his left and that is a very poor penalty kick!
Paulus Arajuuri fouls Yussuf Poulsen and it's a penalty to Denmark!
It's a double change for Denmark as Andreas Skov Olsen and Jannik Vestergaard replace captain Simon Kjaer and Jonas Wind.
The task ahead of Denmark is now a big one in this second half to turn this match around, but they are at least keeping the ball for now.
The latest statement has come in from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin...
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has spoken to ITV about Eriksen: "We all are aware. It was a real shock. Straight away, we have team-mates in that dressing and players who have shared a lot of time with Eriksen. There is a real sense to send our empathy. We hope he has a full speed of recovery."
Pohjanpalo pounces to score for Finland! It's a huge goal for Finland. He does not celebrate at all out of respect. Kasper Schmeichel definitely should have done better with the effort straight at him, but you can understand why he may not be at his sharpest.
Thomas Delaney blazes over from 25 yards and the shots continue to fire in.
Finland's Tim Sparv receives a yellow card for fouling Yussuf Poulsen and the match is very scrappy at the moment.
Mathias Jensen flashes over a shot from 20 yards out and the tempo of this match is understandably very different to earlier.
The second half is back underway and it was a very quick five minutes with the players very keen to continue.
HALF-TIME - The whistle goes for half-time as the fans cheer the players off the pitch. It's only going to be a five-minute break and we will be back for the second half...
UEFA have announced that the match will restart...
It has been confirmed that the match has been halted.
The Finland players have left the pitch. The medical team are still attending to Eriksen. Coverage has resumed to the TV studio. All we can do is pray that Christian pulls through this.
This is a terrible situation. The entire stadium is in absolute shock. No words yet on his condition but the fans are voicing their support the best they can.
From what we can gather it appears that Eriksen seemed to faint as a throw came his way. The medical staff are treating him with CPR.
Unclear as to the extent of the severity. He's currently being shielded by a wall of his fellow team mates. A lot of them are clearly distressed.
Anthony Taylor's reaction sent immediate fears. A stretcher is poised on the pitch but Eriksen is still receiving treatment.
Eriksen has gone down and it does not look good at all.
Approaching the final few minutes of the first half here..
Finland have dealt with Denmark in resilient fashion so far. The Nordic underdogs are defending extremely well. Still lacking in any clear cut chances in the final third.
O'Shaughnessy strides back on after briefly receiving treatment. No lasting issues.
Possible concern over a head injury for O'Shaughnessy has surfaced following a clash of heads.
Brave defending from Uronen has left him needing treatment. The defender gets clouted by his keeper after he attempted to intercept a dangerous ball in from Maehle.
Pukki is down now. It looks like Christensen's hand catches his face as the defender jumped up to clear the ball. No malice in that.
Freekick given to Finland as Delaney clumsily clatters into Lod.
O'Shaughnessy sends a looping long throw into the Danish box. It finds the head of Poulsen but the forward sends it in the completely wrong direction.
Despite the dominant possession from Denmark, Finland aren't lacking ambition on the ball. A tad more composure needed in the final third if Pukki wants to test Schmeichel.
Eriksen tests Hradecky for the first time today. The Inter midfielder sends a swerving strike goal ward. The Finnish keeper confidently punches the ball outfield.
What a save! Hojbjerg headers the ball into the top right corner after Delaney delivers yet another dangerous cross into the box. Hradecky does well to nudge the ball over the bar.
Another teasing ball into the Finland box. Delaney tries to find the head of Wind but the forward misplaces his header and the balls flies wide.
Finland are soaking up some pressure from Denmark in the early stages of this game. The Danish midfield are passing the ball around comfortably. Eriksen dictating some intricate play.
Chance for Denmark. Wind shoots from long range and his venomous shot is palmed wide by Hradecky.
Good pressure from Denmark. Eriksen's corner tests the Finland back line as Braithwaite's rebound shot is fumbled by Hradecky.
- Yellow cardRobin LodFinland
Foul given as Braithwaite is taken down by Lod. The Finnish player is booked in the opening ten minutes. Not ideal for Finland.
Finland starting brightly here. Chance for a long throw into the box delivered by O'Shaughnessy.
- 1st Half
And we're off! Denmark get things underway.
Today's game will be refereed by Anthony Taylor.
Hands on badges, scarves out stretched and flags waving proudly as Denmark stand for their anthem.
The players line up to hear their national anthems for the opening game of the tournament.
Less than 10 minutes until things kick off here in Copenhagen. Not the full amass of crowds that we're used to, but both the Danish and Finnish fans are revelling in the electric atmosphere here at Parken Stadium.
It is fair to say it will be a tall order for Finland to scalp a win against an already confident Danish squad, and the home soil advantage is likely to make it an even tougher challenge. That said, the Nordic rivalry and opening match excitement could provide a healthily competitive jostle.
These stats speak for themselves on the brilliance of Christian Eriksen in a Denmark shirt. The Inter Milan midfielder scored five goals and served three assists in eight qualifying games for Denmark. Impact.
Despite Pukki's fine form, Finland have lost four and drawn two of their last six games. Will today be a different story for the Nordic side's first ever Euro opener?
Finland’s tournament success has so far been heavily dominated by the talent of forward Teemu Pukki, with the Norwich player netting 10 goals in qualifying.
With it being Finland’s first ever major tournament, Markku Kanerva’s side have much less pressure to perform than their Nordic rivals but come to Copenhagen with plenty of talent and experience.
Manager Kasper Hjulmand has been a breath of fresh air for the Danish squad, who are finally settling into Hjulmand’s philosophy that encourages attacking full-backs and possession-based football.
Denmark will no doubt be relying on their big names to carry through the good form they have been boasting on the world stage in the last year. The likes of Eriksen, Hojbjerg, and Braithwaite will be likely to cause Finland the most issues this evening.
Teemu Pukki played 30 minutes in Finland’s last friendly match, ending fears that his ankle injury may affect this summer's championship. The Norwich forward starts today and is also joined by captain Tim Sparv, who was spared an appearance in Finland's recent defeat to Estonia.
Denmark's starting eleven is roughly as predicted. With a fully fit squad Hjulmand had a relatively straightforward selection. A wealth of experience and quality in Eriksen, Hojbjerg and Delaney will be bolstering the Danish midfield today.
A formal breakdown of the team news:
DENMARK: Schmeichel, Wass, Kjær, Christensen, Mæhle, Højbjerg, Eriksen, Delaney, Yurary, Wind, Braithwaite /// FINLAND: Hrádecký, O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio, Uronen, Kamara, Sparv, Lod, Raitala, Pukki, Pohjanpalo.
And here is Finland's starting 11..
This is how Denmark will line up this evening..
Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Denmark vs Finland in the opening game for Group B of the European Championship. KO 17:00 BST
Denmark and Finland are both aiming to start Euro 2020 with a win as they face off at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen this evening. The Nordic Derby carries an extra tinge of poignancy for Finland, who today begin their first major tournament in history. With Belgium obvious favourites to top Group B both teams will no doubt be eyeing a second position finish to secure comfortable progression into the knockout stages.
Team news to follow shortly.