Denmark Game at Euro 2020 Suspended After Eriksen Collapses

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2021

Joel Pohjanpalo scored and Lukas Hradecky saved a penalty to give Finland a 1-0 victory over Denmark on Saturday in a European Championship game overshadowed by Christian Eriksen's collapse on the field.

UEFA later said in a statement: "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 (18:45 BST)".

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen is "awake" in hospital after collapsing on the pitch in Denmark's Euro 2020 game, the country's football association says.

Eriksen fell to the ground, free of contact, near the sideline late in the first half.

The Finland players huddled by their bench and eventually walked off the field while Eriksen was still getting treatment, as did the referees. His teammates immediately gestured for help and medics rushed onto the field. "But we still don't know anything yet", Volpi said. The Danish soccer federation says Eriksen is awake. "But that's all we know". Eriksen was given chest compressions as his Denmark teammates stood around him in a shielding wall for privacy.

According to a Reuters photographer, "Eriksen raised his hand as he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher".

Some of Christian Eriksen's teammates broke down in tears [Friedemann Vogel/Reuters] The 16,000 fans in the stadium sat silently in their seats waiting for news of Eriksen's condition to filter through.

The 29-year-old Danish midfielder went down unchallenged five minutes before the end of the half and required urgent medical assistance in distressing scenes in Copenhagen, which saw the match called off just after 6pm.

Finland fans started chanting the name of the Inter Milan midfielder.

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