Just nine days ago, the Danish players sent a poignant message by forming a circle around medical staff fighting to save the life of distressed and beloved teammate Christian Eriksen.
And on Monday night, those same Danish players came together to create another circle, with Eriksen watching at home recovering from his sudden cardiac arrest, to mark their unlikely advance to the final 16 of Euro 2020.
A cheering and victorious Danish crowd at Parken Stadium had made it quite clear what had happened in the other group game between Finland and Belgium at the final whistle.
But Denmark’s staff and players wanted confirmation of their second place in Group B after a 4-1 victory over Russia…. then turned to a live soccer app.
A Danish staff member held up his phone as the team crowded around to await the full-time result of the Belgium v Finland game.
A 2-0 victory for Belgium confirmed Denmark’s progress to the round of 16, where they face Wales, and sparked new frenzy on the pitch – and lucky spectators on the ground.
What a beautiful evening for Denmark. But more importantly, what a beautiful evening for Christian Eriksen.
His country did it, so proud. This is football.