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Belgian Euros hero Kevin De Bruyne says he didn't celebrate "wildly" after scoring his team's winner against Denmark out of respect for Christian Eriksen.

The Manchester City star was brought on at half-time in his country's group match against the Danes on Thursday and he was the difference as Belgium came back from 1-0 down to claim a 2-1 victory.

Denmark dominated the first half with a goal from Yussuf Poulsen but De Bruyne's introduction saw him make an assist and score a stunner.

The match was an emotional one as the focus was on applauding and celebrating Eriksen who suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark's Euros opener against Finland.

Christian Eriksen had a cardiac arrest at the Euros
(Image: UEFA via Getty Images)

Eriksen is now stable in hospital and he is the reason De Bruyne didn't let his goal celebrations get over the top.

He said: “I was happy, of course, but I respect people here too much to celebrate wildly.

“I went to the part of the pitch where Christian Eriksen collapsed on Saturday and I stayed calm.”

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Eriksen was at the forefront of everybody's minds as the ball was kicked out of play in the 10th minute, the number on the player's shirt, where fans, players and officials all stood and clapped the 29-year-old.

The latest update on Eriksen was shared on Thursday by the Danish team doctor Morten Boesen.

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He said: "After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

"Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.

"We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time."

The procedure doesn't necessarily spell the end of Eriksen's playing career as his former Ajax teammate and Netherlands star Daley Blind had one fitted last year and has since returned to football.

And Eriksen has shared his first message with fans since the tragic incident.

He wrote on Instagram : "Hello everyone. Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.

"I'm fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

"Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian."

Denmark's loss to Belgium sees them at the bottom of their group but they are not yet out of the tournament as they still have to face Russia and some third-placed teams will go through to the last 16.

While Belgium's victory saw them bag their spot in the knockout stage, joining Italy and the Netherlands in the last 16.

England could join them on Friday if they defeat Scotland.