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Five Foxes In Saturday's EURO 2020 Action

Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castagne, Dennis Praet, Danny Ward and Kasper Schmeichel all featured for their nations at UEFA EURO 2020 on Saturday.
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- Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castagne and Dennis Praet feature in Belgium's 3-0 victory over Russia 
- Castagne suffered a fractured eye socket and is likely to miss the rest of UEFA EURO 2020

- A superb Danny Ward display helped Wales secure a 1-1 Group A draw with Switzerland
- Kasper Schmeichel played 90 minutes in Denmark's 1-0 defeat by Finland in Copenhagen
- The Group B fixture was temporarily suspended following a medical emergency involving Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen

Tielemans, Castagne and Praet's Belgium began their European Championship campaign with a 3-0 victory over Russia at Krestovsky Stadium. The Red Devils, who finished third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, were ahead after just 10 minutes as Romelu Lukaku finished from close range.

Castagne took a knock to the head and made way after 27 minutes. His replacement, Thomas Meunier, then doubled Belgium's lead after just seven minutes of coming on, slotting past Anton Shunin as the Russia goalkeeper spilled the ball into the path of the Borussia Dortmund full-back.

City's Praet came off the bench in the 77th minute, shortly before Lukaku netted his second to complete the No.1 ranked side's 3-0 win in St Petersburg.

Speaking after the game, Belgium manager Roberto Martínez confirmed Castagne had suffered a fractured eye socket: "Really bad news, sad to see Timothy Castagne is going to be out of the tournament. He's had images taken, he's got a double fracture, and now we'll take the necessary treatment."

Earlier in the day, goalkeeper Danny Ward was the second Foxes star to feature at the tournament, after Çağlar Söyüncü's Turkey were beaten 3-0 by Italy on Friday night.

City's No.12 was selected by Wales caretaker manager Robert Page ahead of Crystal Palace's Wayne Hennessey for Saturday afternoon's encounter with Switzerland in Baku. The Dragons, who reached the semi-finals of EURO 2016, claimed little of the ball in a first half that saw Ward make an impressive stop to deny Fabian Schär's flicked effort.

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Danny Ward
Danny Ward

Danny Ward was in inspired form for Wales during their 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Saturday afternoon.

Switzerland threatened again immediately after the break and Ward was called upon once more, pulling off an excellent save from Breel Embolo, who burst through on goal. The Borussia Mönchengladbach forward, however, headed home from the ensuing corner.

Wales were level after 74 minutes, though, as Cardiff's Kieffer Moore sent an excellent header into the corner of the net. Swiss substitute Mario Gavranović scored 10 minutes later, but a VAR check disallowed his goal for offside.

Ward made two more brilliant saves in the latter stages to secure his nation a point in their first Group A fixture at EURO 2020.

The Club’s No.1 goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel also started for Denmark as they faced Finland at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. 

In the 41st minute, the Group B fixture was suspended following a medical emergency involving Inter Milan and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen. UEFA later said in a statement that Eriksen’s condition had ‘stabilised’ after being taken to hospital and the match resumed at 7:30pm.

With the game back underway, Joel Pohjanpalo's header gave Finland the lead shortly before the hour mark. Denmark were awarded a penalty with just over 15 minutes left to play, but Pierre-Emile Højbjerg's spot-kick was saved by Lukáš Hrádecký, whose Finland side eventually held out for a 1-0 win.

The thoughts of everyone at Leicester City Football Club are with Christian Eriksen and his family and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

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