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Denmark’s Christian Eriksen stable after collapsing during Euro 2020 game

Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark's UEFA Euro 2020 clash against Finland on Saturday. The Denmark FA said in a statement a little later that Eriksen is stable in hospital and undergoing further tests. The match restarted a 2-hour break.

Denmark's players react as their teammate Christian Eriksen lies unconscious (AP)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was given CPR on the pitch after he collapsed during his team’s UEFA Euro 2020 clash against Finland at the Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday. The match was then suspended for almost two hours due to a ‘medical emergency’ before restarting. Finland won the match 1-0 after the restart, their first ever win in the European Championships.

The Denmark FA said in a statement a little after the incident that Eriksen was awake, stable and undergoing further tests in hospital.

During the 42nd minute of the match, as the ball went out of play for a Denmark throw-in, 29-year-old Eriksen rushed to receive the ball but he collapsed face-first as the ball hit his knee.

Moments later, teammates Martin Braithwaite and Thomas Delaney rushed to assist him, with Delaney beckoning furiously for medical assistance. Referee Anthony Taylor immediately signalled for urgent medical assistance.

The former Tottenham player’s national teammates formed a ring around him as medical staff tried to resuscitate Eriksen on the far touchline. He was carried off to a loud ovation from the 16,000-strong crowd at the stadium.

“The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency,” said an UEFA statement.

“Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET. The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.”

“Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further examinations at Rigshospitalet,” said a statement from Denmark FA a little later.

Around one and a half hours after the incident, UEFA said that Denmark vs Finland will restart “following the request made by both teams”.

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Denmark, despite dominating possession, lost to Finland 1-0, with Joel Pohjanpalo scoring the nation’s first ever goal in the competition in the 59th minute of the match. Denmark had a late chance to equalise after they were awarded a penalty, but it was missed by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

First published on: 12-06-2021 at 22:28 IST
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