Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku admitted that he shed a few tears for his Inter team-mate Christian Eriksen as he was concerned on the condition of the Denmark midfielder who collapsed during his team’s match against Finland.
Lukaku gave Belgium an early lead in Saint Petersburg, then shouted “Chris, Chris, stay strong – I love you” into a pitchside camera during the celebration for his opening goal.
”I am really happy with the win, but it was hard for me to play because my thoughts were with Christian Erkisen,” said Lukaku, who revealed he cried tears of concern before kick-off for his Inter team-mate.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez admitted other members of his squad were also affected after seeing Eriksen suddenly slump to the turf during the Denmark-Finland game.
”We were watching the game live and five minutes afer Christian collapsed, we went into a team meeting. As you can imagine, the last thing we wanted to do was talk about football,” said Martinez.
”There were a lot of tears from players who have shared dressing rooms and big moments with Christian.
”All our thoughts go to him and his family, but also to the Danish team, as that was a really tough moment.”