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Eriksen returns, Ukraine in thoughts on emotional day in EPL

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It was a touching, emotional and at times uplifting day in the Premier League as Christian Eriksen made his long-awaited return while players and fans at matches across the country showed solidarity toward those from and in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

Eriksen played as a substitute for Brentford eight months after suffering a cardiac arrest during a European Championship game.

Brentford's Christian Eriksen in action, during the English Premier League soccer match between Brentford and Newcastle United at the Brentford Community Stadium, London, Saturday Feb. 26, 2022. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

Manchester City beat Everton 1-0 to move six points clear at the top.

Before the match City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko, two Ukraine internationals, walked toward each other during the warmups and hugged.

Manchester United was held 0-0 by Watford.

Aston Villa's Matty Cash celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
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