Denmark will play their second group match of Euro 2020 when they take on Group B table-toppers Belgium on Thursday evening.

The fixture comes five days after the traumatic scenes from their opening group fixture against Finland when talismanic midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on-field shortly before half-time.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had to be resuscitated on the pitch at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. After his team-mates were reassured that Eriksen's condition had improved, the match resumed 90 minutes later that Saturday with Denmark given the choice to continue playing the game or to return the following day to complete it.

Their manager Kasper Hjulmand subsequently criticised the UEFA protocols which allow a match to be postponed for 48 hours due to coronavirus but not when a player has had a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Ahead of the Danes' return to action against Belgium, the RTÉ soccer panel discussed the situation and former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff criticised the predicament that Denmark were put in.

"I don't think they were given a great choice," he said, referencing the options of finishing the game against Finland by that night or early the following day.

"That's obviously down to UEFA not wanting games to clash. But it's funny that when they did play later that night, it clashed half an hour with (Russia v Belgium).

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"I thought it was really poor from UEFA. Play the game the next night. It shouldn't have finished that day. Secondly, anybody who's played a 12 o'clock kick-off, you're getting up at half seven or eight in the morning, you're having pre-match, the lads won't have slept.

"I thought it was disgraceful. And it's only come out now, you know. I said the other day, UEFA have looked after them but it sounds like they haven't and it sounds like a lot of them didn't want to play.

"But Simon Kjaer, who's got a lot of plaudits, captain fantastic, he had to leave the pitch after 60 minutes, so I think that speaks volumes."

Kevin Doyle added that the Belgium match "will be a tough task at the best of times" but believes the events of the past week will have brought the team together.

"You'd feel for them," he continued.

"You'd want them to perform, you're hoping that they can be galvanised and that all this brings them even closer together."

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