Slovenia 1-1 Denmark: Christian Eriksen magic not enough as Danes let lead slip

Rocket: Erik Janza (AP)
Rocket: Erik Janza (AP)

Christian Eriksen scored in his first European Championship game since his cardiac arrest, but could not prevent Denmark from being pegged back by Slovenia in their Euro 2024 opener.

The Danish No10 scored a Euros goal 1,100 days after dying on a pitch against Finland in Copenhagen, but Slovenia snatched a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Eriksen, who collapsed to the turf in the first half of Denmark's first Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen, collected a clever flick from Jonas Wind and fired home to give his side the lead in the 17th minute.

Eriksen could have added to his tally but blazed a pair of left-footed efforts wide of the target, and the Danes should have had a second goal midway through the second half but Jan Oblak managed to swat Rasmus Hojlund's close-range effort away.

Those misses were to prove costly. Slovenia's striker Benjamin Sesko thumped a shot off the post and a minute later defender Erik Janza scored with a deflected shot that wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel as they grabbed a share of the spoils.

Additional reporting by Reuters.