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Christian Eriksen receives CPR after collapsing during Denmark-Finland game

Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen had to be suspended after Danish player Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field of play.

Medical staff were quick to attend to him while his teammates, opposition and coaching staff were visibily stricken by the scenes unfolding at the Parken Stadium.

Teammates formed a shield around the former Tottenham man, while fans inside the stadium were clearly stunned by the incident, with some pictured in tears. Referee Anthony Taylor called a halt to proceedings shortly before half-time with Finnish players retiring to the dressing room. Danish players remained on the field as doctors attended to Eriksen.

Uefa later confirmed that the match had been suspended officially due to “a medical emergency”. They later confirmed that Eriksen had been transferred to hospital and had been “stabilised.” A further communication from the Danish FA indicated Eriksen was awake when he left the stadium.

The European football governing body also confirmed that the game would restart at 7.30pm with Finland running out winners thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s second-half goal.


Hjulmand recalls ‘traumatic experience’ for Denmark

Denmark boss Hjulmand was in tears at the post-match press conference, reflecting on the most traumatic of experiences for all involved.

“It was a really tough evening, one on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are. It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends,” Hjulmand said.

“All thoughts are with Christian and his family. Christian is one of the best footballers, but he is an even better person.

“It was more unmanageable to have to restart tomorrow. It was more unmanageable than going back out now and getting it all put behind us.

“There are players in there who are completely finished emotionally. Players who on another day could not play this match. They are supporting each other. It was a traumatic experience.

“There is such a thing as everyone being able to say no. I said that no matter what, everything would be OK. You should be able to show aggression and joy, so it was something making room for all the emotions.

“You can’t play a football match at this level without being aggressive. It can’t be done.”

Jack Rathborn12 June 2021 22:58


Euros 2020: Christian Eriksen collapse brings back dark memories of Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest

It was an image that the world of football had hoped and prayed to never see again. As an unconscious Christian Eriksen received CPR on the turf of Parken Stadium, with his teammates attempting to form a protective ring to keep his motionless body out of sight, it was hard not to think back to Fabrice Muamba’s own collapse nine years ago.

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:50


Euro 2020: What may have caused Christian Eriksen to collapse?

The footage of Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsing on the pitch on Saturday and receiving chest compressions as stunned fans at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium looked on was shocking.

The player was said to be “awake” and had been rushed to hospital where he was being stabilised on Saturday night.

It is not yet known what caused Eriksen to collapse and his heart to apparently stop, but it is not the first time football has seen witnessed such scenes.

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:41


BBC apologise over Christian Eriksen coverage

The BBC were criticised after the feed of the game continued live as Christian Eriksen was attended to by medics.

Gary Lineker was forced to apologise live on air before the game concluded in Copenhagen.

Watch: BBC apologises for coverage of Christian Eriksen’s on-field treatment

The BBC has apologised for allowing footage of Christian Eriksen receiving first aid treatment to be broadcast after the Denmark midfielder collapsed on the pitch during the team’s Euro 2020 match against Finland.The 29-year-old stumbled in the 43rd minute and then fell to the turf as fans and players looked on shocked.Medics rushed to treat the Inter Milan midfielder and quickly began giving CPR as the cameras kept rolling.Players formed a wall to shield Eriksen as he received first aid, but fans online noted that the medics could still easily be seen performing the treatment.

Ben Burrows12 June 2021 21:31


Euro 2020: More reaction from Kasper Hjulmand

Speaking to the media in a post-match presser Denmark’s manager Kasper Hjulmand praised his players for the way they reacted to the terrible situation with Christian Eriksen and commeded them for playing on even though most were ‘emotionally done and emotionally exhausted.’

“First of all, if it gets emotional, it’s been a tough night.” said Hjulmand: “We are all reminded of what the most important thing in life is – to have valuable relationships, people we’re close to, our family and our friends.

“We have a group of players that I cannot praise enough. I couldn’t be prouder of those people who took such good care of each other. He is one of my very dear friends, the way the players talked in the dressing room to decide to not do anything before we knew Christian was conscious and OK.

“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today. You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.

“Honestly, there were players out there that were completely done. Emotionally done and emotionally exhausted.”

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:30


Euro 2020: Kasper Hjulmand’s post match reaction

Denmark’s head coach Kasper Hjulmand was understanably emotional in the post-match news conference. Tears welled in his eyes as he spoke of the devastating events that unfolded on the pitch concerning Christian Eriksen and which recontextualised the meaning of football for all involved.

He said: “It was a really tough evening, on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are. It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends.

“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.”

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:22


Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen is a dazzling Danish talent football fans all over the world hope to see again

Christian Eriksen is more than just the most naturally-gifted Danish player in a generation. He is Denmark’s figurehead and guiding force, the reason why many pundits tipped Kasper Hjulmand’s side as having the potential to upset the tournament’s favourites, then perhaps even repeat their shock triumph at Euro 92.

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:19


Euro 2020: Too early to say if Christian Eriksen will play again after ‘moment of extreme peril’

One of the doctors who treated Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has said it will take time to establish whether Christian Eriksen can make a complete recovery.

Cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin said doctors would have to consider if there has been any damage or permanent injury as a result of the 29-year-old’s suspected cardiac arrest.

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:13


Euro 2020: Football family reminded again of what’s really important in wake of Christian Eriksen’s collapse

For once, the words ‘football family’ did not seem like a cynical cliché. When Christian Eriksen lay still on the grass of the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, the world held its breath.

The horror of the situation was evident on the faces of Eriksen’s Denmark team-mates. The Finland players were stunned, too. Fear and devastation overwhelmed the sidelines and the stands.

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:10


Euro 2020: Markku Kanerva on how his players reacted to continuing the game

I said to them that I understood the emotions of the game and how they would feel after what had happened to Christian.

“I said to them ‘try to focus as much as you can on the game.’ I said I know it will be difficult to do that, but they coped really well.”

Michael Jones12 June 2021 21:06