Football fans across the world were in shock when Denmark star Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed on the pitch during the first half opening of the Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen. The match which ended up being suspended left many worried after medical staff tried to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator.
According to reports by CNN, Christian Eriksen is in stable condition and there’s a possibility of him making a good recovery after such a scare.
The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland ended up being suspended after prolonged efforts by the medical team to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator after he fell to the ground during a throw-in, shortly before the end of the first half.
“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,” European football’s ruling body UEFA said in a statement on Twitter.
“The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.”
Moments later, UEFA announced that the match would be resumed. “Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC),” the tweet read.
UEFA then said that five minutes will be played at the end of the first half and “there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.” When the match restarted, Finland won 1-0 thanks to a 59th-minute goal from Joel Pohjanpalo.
Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg had the chance the equalize from the penalty spot 15 minutes later, but saw his tame effort saved by Lukas Hradecky.
Christian Eriksen is lucky to be alive
After Eriksen collapsed, his teammates formed a wall around him to protect him from view as he was receiving treatment from the medical staff. The stadium was met with silence as players from both teams, as well as fans were visibly worried about the Danish player.
It was a sad and frightening moment but thanks to the efforts of the medical team, several minutes later, Eriksen was eventually stretchered off the pitch under the protection from view by the medics holding up blankets.
Eriksen, 29, is now stable and awake in hospital after receiving emergency treatment on the pitch in Copenhagen. Denmark’s team doctor said he suffered a cardiac arrest during the match. The midfielder currently plays club football for Inter Milan, moving to the Serie A side in 2020 after seven years with Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.
Denmark’s coach Kasper Hjulmand wasn’t pleased with the outcome and said the match against Finland should not have restarted after their midfielder collapsed mid-game.
“No, we should not have played,” Hjulmand said on Sunday. “Players have different reactions to shocks and trauma but we’ll try to get back to normal as much as possible.”
Former Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has called the decision to resume Saturday’s game, which Finland won 1-0, “absolutely ridiculous”.
Denmark is due to face Belgium on Thursday in their second match of the tournament.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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