Christian Eriksen Awake in Hospital After Collapsing in Denmark’s Loss to Finland

Christian Eriksen Awake in Hospital After Collapsing in Denmark’s Loss to Finland

The Euro 2020 match was suspended after Christian Eriksen collapsed near the sidelines and was rushed to the hospital. Finland won 1-0 once play resumed.

Finland defeated Denmark 1–0 in the 2020 UEFA European Championship Group B in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium following an initial suspension of the game when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed and was hospitalized in the first half.

The match resumed Saturday afternoon in which Finland—making its debut in a major tournament—earned the victory on Joel Pohjanpalo’s 59th-minute goal. Denmark still had a chance to tie the match but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg missed a penalty kick on 74 minutes. 

However, the biggest takeaway from this match is the collapse of Eriksen in the match. Danish FA confirmed that Erikson was awake and stable at Rigshospitalet, a hospital in Copenhagen.

Martin Schoots, Eriksen’s agent, told Dutch radio that Eriksen is awake and alert with his family.

“I just spoke to Christian’s father, and he told me that he is breathing, and that he is able to speak,” Schoots said.

Around the 43rd minute, Eriksen played a short pass when he fell face-forward onto the ground and was unconscious.

Spectators inside the stadium in Copenhagen went silent as players from both Denmark and Finland stood around Eriksen as CPR was administered. Eriksen received chest compressions for about 10 minutes after his collapse on the field.

Eriksen was carried off the field to a loud ovation, with his teammates walking next to the stretcher. A stadium announcer asked fans to stay in their seats until further information could be provided.

UEFA, which initially suspended the match due to medical emergency, held a crisis meeting with both teams and match officials to determine when the game would resume.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story. 

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