Denmark captain Eriksen collapses during Euro 2020 opener against Finland
The Inter Milan midfielder went to ground during the match with Finland in Copenhagen, sparking immediate concern.
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is stable in hospital after collapsing during his country's opening Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen. The Inter star went down during the opening half of the Group B match and required extensive medical attention on the pitch before he was removed on a stretcher. After Eriksen was taken to the hospital, UEFA sent out word that his condition was stable. The Danish FA also confirmed that Eriksen was awake and undergoing further tests. The game was initially suspended before it was later restarted after a delay of more than 90 minutes.
What was said?
UEFA provided the first update on Eriksen's status, saying in a tweet: "The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised."
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.— UEFA (@UEFA) June 12, 2021
The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.
The Danish FA also sent out a tweet saying: "Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further examinations" at the hospital.
Christian Eriksen er vågen og er til yderligere undersøgelser på Rigshospitalet.— DBU - En Del Af Noget Større (@DBUfodbold) June 12, 2021
Kampen er midlertidigt udsat. Ny melding kommer kl. 19.45.
Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots told Dutch radio station NPO Radio 1 that Eriksen was awake, saying: "I've been in contact with his father for a while and he says that Christian is breathing and can talk, that's the good news. He is conscious, but everyone is in shock. His girlfriend is with him.”
Play came to a halt just before half-time as Eriksen, without any players around him, dropped to the ground. Referee Anthony Taylor immediately blew his whistle and brought proceedings to a halt. Denmark and Finland immediately called for the medical staff, who raced onto the pitch to administer treatment. His Danish team-mates formed a shield around him as the medics provided treatment, before white sheets were held up around him to provide privacy. Following several minutes of on-field treatment, UEFA announced that the match was suspended. The European governing body said just over an hour later that following a request from both teams' players, 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).— UEFA (@UEFA) June 12, 2021
The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.
The 29-year-old came up through Ajax's famed academy before going on to become a star for the Dutch giants. Eriksen's exploits in the Netherlands earned him a move to Tottenham in 2013, where he would go on to become one of the north London club's top players. After six and a half seasons with Spurs, Eriksen moved to Inter in January 2020. Eriksen took some time before becoming a key figure in Milan, but was a major part of Antonio Conte's 2020-21 Serie A title-winners.
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