December 4, 2021

Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 opener

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The opening match of Euro 2020 between Finland and Denmark was initially suspended after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute of the game. According to the responding doctors, the Inter midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest and “was gone” before being resuscitated. Follow our Asian bookies football to be updated with our latest promotions. 

“He was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest,” said team doctor Morten Boesen. “How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib [defibrillation] so that’s quite fast. The examinations that have been done so far look fine. We don’t have an explanation to why it happened.” Catch the latest Euro 2020 free betting tips and more here.

The 29-year-old was stretchered off the field in front of the 15,000 fans inside the stadium followed by the rest of his teammates after about 15 minutes with the medical staff. He was then taken to the nearby Rigshospitalet hospital for treatment. UEFA later announced that Eriksen was “in a stable condition” and the match would resume per the request of the players. 

“His condition is stable and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination,” the Danish officials said in a statement. Denmark ended up losing 1-0 to Finland, who marked their first-ever match at a European Championships with a bittersweet win following a near-tragedy in their game. Finland’s Joel Ohjanpalo scored against the Danes in the 60th minute to give his country the win.

Speaking at a press conference, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand commended his team for their efforts to complete the match despite the incident. “What the players did was unbelievable,” Hjulmand said. “We had two options – to complete the match today or play tomorrow at noon. Everyone wanted to play today. The players were certain they couldn’t sleep so it was better to say lets get it done now.”

After the news broke, Eriksen received huge support from the football world. Both Finland and Denmark fans in the stadium sang the Danish national anthem and chanted “Christian Eriksen” while they were waiting for news about the player. In Group B’s other match, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Belgium over Russia and ran over to the camera to send a message of support to his Inter teammate.

“Chris, Chris, sterkte jongen (Dutch for ‘wish you strength/all the best’). I love you!” Lukaku said. In Goyang, South Korea, Eriksen’s former teammate Son Heung-Min scored a goal in his team’s 2-1 victory over Lebanon in a World Cup qualifier, and shouted “Christian Eriksen, I love you” Fabrice Muamba, who also collapsed on the pitch in 2012 while playing for Bolton against Tottenham, tweeted “Please God”.

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