Christian Eriksen stall after frightening collapse during Euro 2020 game
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during a match at Euro 2020 on Saturday and received a resuscitation on the field. He was transported on a stretcher to a nearby hospital, where officials said he was stable and awake.
Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots said on Dutch radio that he had learned from Eriksen’s father that Eriksen was “out of danger” and could breathe and speak.
Eriksen fell in the 42nd minute of a game against Finland. The game was stopped immediately. It started again less than two hours later. Finland scored in the second half and won 1-0 in a surprise.
The creepy scene unfolded late in the first half. After a throw-in, it initially looked like Eriksen, a 29-year-old Danish star, had just stumbled to the ground. TV footage had shown him fully conscious in front of the camera moments before, but seemed to be running slowly and out of breath.
After he fell, his Danish teammates realized he was in distress and quickly signaled a medical team to rush to the field. Eriksen’s teammates, some in tears, formed a circle around him while paramedics performed CPR. Danish team doctor Morten Boesen, one of several who looked after Eriksen on the field, said: “It was pretty clear he was passed out.”
“When I’m with him, he’s on his side,” said Bösen. “He’s breathing and I can feel his pulse. But suddenly that changed and everyone saw we started giving him CPR.
“Help came very, very quickly from the medical team and the rest of the staff and with their cooperation we did what we had to do. We managed to get Christian back. He spoke to me before he was taken to the hospital for further analysis. “
The referees left the field with the Finnish players, while the Danish players stayed until Eriksen was removed. The on-site treatment lasted about 10 minutes.
Eriksen’s partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen was present at the game and came onto the pitch during the emergency. Denmark’s defender Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel hugged and comforted her.
Photos later showed that Eriksen was awake and conscious, holding an oxygen mask over his face as he exited the stadium on a stretcher.
After the field was cleared, a video board in the stadium informed fans of Eriksen’s condition and the status of the game.
During the delay, fans of both teams shouted Eriksen’s name.
UEFA, the European football association, said the decision to restart the game was made by the players. However, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said UEFA had given his team two options: to end the game on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.
“The players couldn’t imagine not being able to sleep tonight and then having to get on and off the bus tomorrow,” said Hjulmand. “Honestly, it was best to get it over with.”
The The director of the Danish Football Association told a Danish broadcaster that Eriksen spoke to his teammates from his hospital bed before they agreed to end the game on Saturday night.
When they returned to the field to warm up over an hour later, some Danish players still seemed to be struggling emotionally.
“Of course you can’t play a game with feelings like that,” said Hjulmand. “What we tried was incredible.”
Finland scored their first ever goal in a major international tournament with their only shot of the game in the 59th minute. Joel Pohjanpalo, the goal scorer, urged restraint during his celebration.
The third Euro 2020 game of the day started at 3 p.m. ET as planned. Romelu Lukaku, Eriksen’s team-mate at Inter Milan, scored the opening goal, ran to a television camera and shouted, “Chris, Chris! … I love you.”
Danish coach Hjulmand spoke in tears at his press conference after the game. “It’s been a tough night,” he said. “We are all reminded of the most important thing in life, which is to have valuable relationships. We have a group of players that I cannot praise enough. I couldn’t be more proud of these people who look after each other so well at a time when one of my very, very dear friends is suffering. “
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