June 9, 2018 / 8:15 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer: New dad Eriksen on target as Denmark beat Mexico 2-0

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Playmaker Christian Eriksen celebrated his return to the Danish national team following the birth of his first child with a goal and an assist as his side beat fellow qualifiers Mexico 2-0 in their final pre-World Cup friendly in Copenhagen.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Denmark v Mexico - Broendby Stadium - Copenhagen, Denmark - June 9, 2018. Danish Christian Eriksen during the international soccer test match. Ritzau Scanpix/Lars Moeller via REUTERS

Having missed last week’s scoreless encounter with Sweden in Stockholm, Eriksen’s son was born on Monday. He rejoined the squad on Thursday and marked his return to the starting line-up by sending an early shot fizzing just over the bar.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Denmark v Mexico - Broendby Stadium - Copenhagen, Denmark - June 9, 2018. Denmarks Nicolai Joergensen and Mexicos Jonathan Dos Santos during their international soccer test match. Ritzau Scanpix/Lars Moeller via REUTERS

The visitors dealt well with the Danish pressure but Yussuf Poulsen gave them no chance in the 71st minute as he collected Eriksen’s pass before curling home a stunning left-foot shot to open the scoring.

Wearing boots with the date of his son’s birth on them, Eriksen fired home the second three minutes later, and though substitute Javier Hernandez struck a post late on, Mexico couldn’t reduce the deficit.

Denmark open their World Cup campaign against Peru before taking on Australia and France in Group C, while Mexico play Germany, South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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