Christian Eriksen collapses: How a night of horror and hope unfolded in Copenhagen (report)

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Christian Eriksen collapses: How a night of horror and hope unfolded in Copenhagen (report)
Christian Eriksen collapses: How a night of horror and hope unfolded in Copenhagen (report)

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen is “stable” and has been in touch with his Denmark team-mates as of Sunday morning.

Awful scenes unfolded in the Euro 2020 tie between Denmark and Finland when Eriksen collapsed on the pitch on Saturday.

Just before half-time the former Tottenham player was involved in an attack for the Danes at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. He prepared himself to receive a throw-in from his team-mate and fell face-first to the turf.

The Danish FA has issued a condition update on Eriksen on Sunday, saying: “This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his team-mates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination.

“The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident.

“We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players, the Royal Families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.

“We encourage everyone to send their greetings to the Danish FA, where we will make sure they are all passed on to Christian and his family.”

Horrified players from both sides quickly called for medical attention when Eriksen fell, with medics running onto the pitch with urgency. They then started to perform CPR on the player on the pitch.

Denmark’s team doctor is quoted in the Danish press as saying: “We felt the pulse, but pretty quickly the picture changed.”

However, after receiving treatment, Eriksen was awake and responsive when he was stretchered from the pitch. He was then taken to hospital for further examination.

The match was suspended for 90 minutes but then restarted. Visibly affected by what had happened, Denmark lost the game 1-0.

Giussepe Marotta, CEO of Eriksen’s club Inter Milan, said: “We’re optimistic about Christian conditions, Denmark staff told us that the situation is under control.”

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