Christian Eriksen is awake and in a stable condition at a Copenhagen hospital after collapsing during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 game with Finland.
The 29-year-old required CPR from medical personnel after falling to the ground unchallenged towards the end of the first half.
Eriksen’s Danish teammates, Finland’s players and all those in attendance were understandably distraught as medical teams attempted to resuscitate him on the field, before the Dane was placed onto a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.
UEFA announced shortly after the game had been suspended, and a further update has provided the news that everybody around the world wanted to hear – Eriksen’s condition has been stabilised. Denmark confirmed shortly afterwards that he is awake and awaiting further tests.
Both teams and match officials held what was described as a ‘crisis meeting’, with further information due to be released later on in the evening once more was known about Eriksen’s condition.
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With Eriksen stable and talking to doctors, the next step was for Denmark’s FA to confirm that the game would restart – at the request of both sets of players – at 20:30 local time (19.30 UK), with the game finely poised at 0-0.
That appears to have been a result of Eriksen talking directly to his teammates from hospital, with Danish FA director Peter Moller confirming a conversation had taken place.
As you’d expect, there was a huge outpouring of support for Eriksen from clubs, players and millions of fans around the world – as well as from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who said in a statement: “Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.
“At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”