Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen sank late in the first half of his team’s match against Finland at Euro 2020 late on Saturday, a terrifying moment that played out before a stadium full of fans was broadcast and broadcast to a live global television audience.
Eriksen immediately received treatment on the grass where he fell, and he was awake when he left the stadium about 20 minutes later on a stretcher. Tournament organizers reported that his condition had ‘stabilized’.
Denmark’s soccer federation reported that he was awake and that he could only resume the match after his teammates were assured that he ”okay. ”
UEFA suspended the match, which was almost at half-time, for more than an hour after Eriksen was hit. But later it is said that the game will resume at the request of both teams, and that the players – relieved that their teammate and friend look good, but some of them still wipe away the tears – will soon return to the field.
Earlier, the Finns stood and cheered on their Danish rivals as they returned to the field to start the match again.
Just over 90 minutes after Eriksen fell to the ground, play resumed. Finland won 1-0. The victory was the first in a major championship for its national team – Finland has never played in the World Cup or the Euros before – but the celebrations of the day were tempered.
Eriksen came close to extending the visitors’ lead when he found himself completely unmarked in front of the goal after a pass through the middle. Players from both teams immediately experienced serious problems, rushed to him and frantically waited for coaches to come to his aid.
The players in Denmark, some of whom are crying and others are praying, form a circle to protect Eriksen from the medical teams that are urgently needed.
At one point, television footage showed a coach performing chest compressions on Eriksen. The director of the federation, Peter Moeller, told Denmark’s national broadcaster DB that Eriksen had received a ‘heart massage’ on the field.
UEFA, the organizer of the tournament, immediately suspended the match and later tweeted that Eriksen had been taken to hospital and “stabilized. “The Danish Football Association has announced that Eriksen”wake up and undergo further investigations. ”
The incident took place in the 43rd minute of a pointless match. The game was suspended, and both teams left the field.
But just over an hour after the incident, UEFA announced that the match would be resumed “following the request of players from both teams.”
The teams returned to the field for warm-up and then played the last four minutes of the first half. Mathias Jensen replaces Eriksen in Denmark’s midfield. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Finland took the lead through a header by Joel Pohjanpalo.
Inside the stadium during the delay, it looked as if fans who were waiting for the suspension were uniting in concern for Eriksen, at a stage when they were singing between their respective cheering sections.
When the Finnish fans sang ‘Christian’, their Danish counterparts answered with ‘Eriksen’.
Earlier, coaches and medical teams worked on Eriksen in the field for almost 20 minutes – just meters from a grandstand full of Denmark fans – before transferring him on a stretcher and off the field. As he leaves, Eriksen appears to be lying awake on the stretcher, resting his hand on his forehead.
Eriksen’s collapse and subsequent treatment almost left the crowd at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, and Denmark’s players struggled to hide their emotions. Denmark captain Simon Kjaer stayed on his team – mate’s side until help arrived. He and goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel then moved to midfield to comfort Eriksen’s partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, who rushed to the billboards in front of the stands.
Eriksen, a 29-year-old man who plays for Italian champions Inter Milan, has been with Denmark for more than a decade. He led the team to the 2018 World Cup, where it advanced to the round of 16, starting in 2019 for Tottenham Hotspur in Europe’s Champions League Championship, the Champions League final.