Euro 2020: Eriksen ‘Awake’, UEFA Resumes Match
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen regained consciousness in the hospital on Saturday after slumping on the field in the Euro 2020 match against Finland, soccer officials said.
Eriksen collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in. As a hush fell over the 16,000-strong crowd, his teammates formed a ring around him as medics pumped his chest.
A photographer at the game saw Eriksen raise his hand as he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher. The Danish football association later tweeted that the 29-year-old was “awake” at the nearby Rigshospitalet where he was being examined.
The game was initially suspended but European soccer body UEFA announced it was to resume at 18:30 GMT.
The game was scoreless when Eriksen, who plays club soccer for Inter Milan in Italy, collapsed just before halftime in their Group B clash. Teammates Martin Braithwaite and Thomas Delaney rushed to assist him, with Delaney beckoning furiously for medical assistance, Reuters reported.
Both teams subsequently left the field with officials holding up sheets to hide the stricken player from view, and the stadium announcer told fans that the game had been suspended due to a medical emergency and to stay in their seats.
The crowd at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen sang the Danish national anthem and shouted “Christian Eriksen” while they were waiting for news about the player.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Eriksen and his family, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo said on Instagram. “The world of football stands together hoping for good news. I’m counting on finding you soon back on the pitch, Chris! Stay strong!”
Eriksen’s team-mate at Inter Milan, Lautaro Martinez, wrote on the site: “Come on Chris! Please Chris.”