Eriksen "stable and awake" after collapsing in a Eurocup match


Parken Stadium, Denmark
Photo via: REUTERS/Friedemann Vogel

Danish Midfielder Christian Eriksen is now in a stable condition and awake after he collapsed in a euro 2020 match against Finland.

Eriksen collapsed in forty-second minutes of the play while running near the left touchline after a throw-in. 

As a hush fell over the 16,000-strong crowd, his teammates gathered around him and one appeared to stick his fingers in Eriksen's mouth to clear his airway or check he hadn't swallowed his tongue.

As medics arrived on the scene and pumped Eriksen's chest, his teammates formed a ring around him. Danish broadcaster DR cut the live TV feed, instead of showing aerial footage of the stadium.

The 29-year-old midfielder regained consciousness in Rigshospitalet, where he was rushed soon after.

"We have been in contact with him and the players have spoken to Christian," said Peter Moller of the Danish Football Association, Reuters quoted.

"He is doing well and they are playing the match for Christian," Moller said.

The match was soon suspended after the tragic collapse by the UEFA, which was resumed 1 hour 45 minutes later.

The whole football world had their fingers crossed and wishing Eriksen a speedy recovery.

Finland's Joel Pohjanpalo scored a goal in the fifty-ninth minute of the game which helped them register a one-nil victory.

Danish coach Kasper Hjulman said that they were given an option to postpone the match until Saturday Evening or Sunday. Hjulman said it was easier for players to just get over with it.

Several players including the Danish Skipper Simon Kjaer were overwhelmed by the emotions to finish the game he said.

Hjulman added, "I completely understand that you can't play a soccer match at this level, after watching one of your best friends fight for his life."


People gathered outside bars in central Copenhagen, many in tears, while Eriksen's condition remained unclear.

The crowd at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen sang the Danish national anthem and chanted “Christian Eriksen” while they waited for news until word finally came through that the player had regained consciousness. 

Publish : 2021-06-13 08:33:00

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