Christian Erickson of Denmark has returned to international football with a win over England, Germany and Spain.
Eriksen lost 4-2 to the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam and two minutes later found the back of the net.
It was Denmark’s first national team game since suffering a heart attack in Denmark’s opening match of the European Championship against Finland in Copenhagen last June.
On Saturday, applause from fans and even Dutch general manager Louis van Gaal, 30, got off the bench and raised his hands in the air.
Goal is 37th in 110 games.
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It was fitting to score at the Ajax House in the Amsterdam Arena.
Eriksen won three consecutive league titles, 162 games for the club and five trophies for the Netherlands.
“I’m just happy to be able to play,” Erickson told Dutch TV. “I feel like I have never been away from the team. My return to the national team was a bit emotional but I have not missed a game for the last 10 years so I am a family member.
He added to Sky Sports: “I feel very welcome. [by the Netherlands fans]. I’ve been here before. [for Ajax] They have known me for many years, but it was definitely a very moving reception.
“I was happy that the ball came to me and it was really beautiful. It was the right way to start this kind of return in international football.
I look forward to playing in the World Cup in Qatar but there are a lot of games in between and my focus is on them.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane converted a late penalty kick to beat England 2-1 at the World Cup in Qatar in November.
Ken is second only to Bobby Charlton, ahead of Gary Linker, with 49 goals for England.
Only Wayne Rooney has scored the most goals for England. Brail Embolo gave Switzerland the lead at Wembley after 22 minutes, with Luke Shaw leading the visitors before scoring in the first half through injury.
Ken returned to winning ways in the 78th minute.
“You have to be ready for any opportunity at any time. Penalties are a great way to get on the scoreboard. I practice and I do a lot of it,” said Ken.
“It’s amazing to be with a joint venture, we’re very proud to do that, but we look forward to the next one. It’s a big year ahead for more games and more goals.
Chelsea pair Kai Haverts and Timo Werner both netted as Germany beat Israel 2-0 at Sinchem.
After the Premier League pair scored in the first half, Germany captain Thomas Mለርller and Israeli assistant Jonathan Cohen both failed to convert their late free kicks.
German head coach Hansy Flick has won the first eight internationals to extend his starting line-up.
“Overall, the first game of the new year was a good performance for us,” Werner told Broadcast ZDF.
A.D. Spain, winners of the 2010 World Cup, had to work hard to beat Barcelona 2-1 in Albania.
In the 75th minute, Ferran Torres scored at the Spanish Arcidi Stadium and 10 minutes later Mirto Uzuni scored.
However, Danny Olmo won the last eight of Spain’s eight matches against Albania, saving the Spanish atmosphere.
“We knew it would be difficult. “Albania is a very good defense team,” Olmo told Spanish public television.
Top-ranked Belgium beat Dublin twice but lost 2-2 to Ireland.
Influenced by Kevin de Bruyne, who played for the rest of the international window, Belgium took the lead through 12 minutes later when they crossed the Sims Coleman to beat Ireland’s Kaoimhin Keleher.
Ireland, who finished third in the group behind Serbia and Portugal, were held to a goalless draw by Cidizi Ogbene in the 36th minute.
Hans Vanaken hit the post and returned to Belgium just before noon.
Substitute Alan Brown headed home the equalizer in the 86th minute.
Croatia, second in the 2018 World Cup in Doha, lost 1-1 to Slovenia. In the 39th minute, Croatia’s Andrei Kramarich gave Hoffenheim Germany the lead but Jaka Bijol equalized for Slovenia in extra time.