Kevin de Bruyne explains his understated celebration against Denmark
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Kevin de Bruyne explains his understated celebration against Denmark

Belgium match-winner Kevin de Bruyne has explained his celebration after scoring the winning goal against Denmark on Thursday night in the ongoing EURO 2020 tournament. 

The Man City midfielder was a second-half introduction with the Red Devils trailing 1-0, and he assisted Thorgan Hazard with the equalizer before notching the winner. 

After the match, De Bruyne revealed he did not celebrate out of respect for the home fans, following the collapse of Christian Eriksen in last week's match against Finland. 

"I was happy, of course, but I respect people here too much to celebrate wildly. I went to the part of the pitch where Christian Eriksen collapsed on Saturday and I kept calm,"

Both teams had earlier paid tribute to the midfielder with a minute's applause after 10 minutes at a Parken Stadium, with fans joining in support of the Inter Milan midfielder, who suffered a cardiac arrest in the opening match. 

The 2-1 win saw the Red Devils make it into the knockout phase of the tournament with a match to spare.

"We can be happy," said De Bruyne. "We knew that there would be difficult moments against Denmark and in front of this crowd, with everything that happened,"

They next face Finland in Saint Petersburg on Monday knowing a point would be enough to secure top spot in Group B.

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