Copenhagen, June 13 (MNN) UEFA Euro 2020 Group B clash between Denmark and Finland was disrupted for around two hours as Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed near the first half of the match here on Saturday, leading to concern among his football fans and well-wishers around the world.
The match resumed later, which ended in a Danish 0-1 defeat to Finland. It was later revealed that Eriksen was “awake” after he was taken to a hospital.
The incident happened in the 42nd minute of the match when Denmark won a throw in Finland’s half and Eriksen rushed to receive the ball. However, he collapsed face-first as the ball hit his knee.
The Danish players were in tears as medical staff tried to revive the Inter Milan player.
Realising that Eriksen needed privacy while paramedics were attending to him, the Danish team formed a human shield around the player. Fans soon gathered on the social media to laud the team for their gesture.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Simon Kjaer had to comfort Eriksen’s stricken partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen by the side of the pitch.
After around 15 minutes, Eriksen was stretchered off the field followed by the rest of the Denmark team, while Finland’s players also walked off.
Later, Danish Football Union said that Eriksen was awake in the hospital.
“Eriksen is awake and undergoing further tests” at the hospital, the Danish federation said on Twitter.
UEFA said Eriksen had been “stabilised” after the match was suspended in the first half.
Later in the day, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, a teammate of Eriksen at soccer club Inter Milan in Italy, ran to a TV camera and shouted “Chris, Chris, I love you” after scoring in his side’s opening match against Russian.
At the press conference after Denmark’s match against Finland, national coach Kasper Hjulmand and national team doctor Morten Boesen spoke about Eriksen.
Hjulmand said: “- It was a very, very hard night. We were reminded of what the most important thing in life is. Meaningful relationships. People close to us. Family and friends. And here we have a group I cannot praise enough. I cannot be more proud of this group of people. After the positive message from Eriksen, we got two options: Either to continue playing or to show up tomorrow at noon. It was a unanimous group that chose to continue.”
“All thoughts are with Christian and his family. He’s one of the best players out there. And he is an even better person.”
He said that crisis help will now be offered to the players, Christian’s family, and everyone else around the men’s national team.
Finland will face Russia on June 16 while Denmark play Belgium on the following day in their Group B matches.