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‘Out of this world’: Delightful De Bruyne returns to down Denmark in emotional Euro 2020 encounter Copenhagen

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Kevin De Bruyne made an instant impact on his return from injury with an inspired second-half cameo to steer Belgium past Denmark and into the Euro 2020 knockout stages on an emotional day in Copenhagen.

Returning for the first time after facial surgery for the fractures he suffered in the Champions League final at the end of May, second-half substitute De Bruyne was inspired as he set up an equalizer for Thorgan Hazard before blasting home a winner as Belgium recovered from Yussuf Poulsen’s early goal to win 2-1 at Parken Arena.    

The turnround after Poulsen’s strike after just two minutes will largely be attributed to De Bruyne’s introduction by Roberto Martinez at the start of the second half, as the Manchester City playmaker first laid on Hazard with a delightful touch and pass in the 54th minute, before rifling home a goal of his own 16 minutes later to complete the comeback for the Belgians.

The win for Martinez’s means they have two wins from two in their Group B matches and are assured of a spot in the last 16, while Denmark – for whom it was an emotional first match after the cardiac arrest suffered by midfielder Christian Eriksen against Finland on Saturday– remain pointless from their two games and are staring at an early exit from the tournament.  

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