Euro 2021 News LIVE: Christian Eriksen wakes up after collapsing as Denmark loses to Finland; latest updates
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen is awake and in a stable position in hospital after collapsing during their Euro 2020 opener with Finland on Saturday, the Danish Football Association said.
The former Tottenham playmaker fell to the ground at Parken Stadium shortly before half-time in the Group B game, leaving players from both sides in distress.
England referee Anthony Taylor immediately called the medics on the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment with compressions made to the Inter Milan player’s chest before he was transported to hospital.
The Danish Football Association then provided an update on the 29-year-old’s state of health and revealed that the game will end on Saturday night.
The game resumed after a delay of almost 90 minutes, with the teams back on the pitch at Parken Stadium to a cheering applause, Finland winning 1-0.
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The players had the choice to postpone the match
Kasper Hjulmand also confirmed that Denmark were offered the alternate option of finishing the game tomorrow, but opted to resume.
“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12 noon and everyone has agreed to play today. You cannot play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was amazing, they managed to come out and try to play the second half.
Danish players “emotionally finished”
Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand said some of his players were “emotionally exhausted” after witnessing Christian Eriksen’s appalling collapse this afternoon.
“It was a really tough night, where we were all reminded of the most important things in life,” Hjulmand said. “These are meaningful relationships. These are the people who are close to us. It’s family and friends.
“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team, which takes good care of each other.
“There are players in there who are completely finished emotionally. Players who, another day, would not have been able to play this game. They stand. It was a traumatic experience. “
Lineker: Denmark’s game was the most scary broadcast of my career
Gary Lineker was front of the BBC’s coverage of tonight’s match in Copenhagen and has just tweeted his reaction.
“In 25 years of work, this was the most difficult, the most painful and the most moving show I have ever been on.
“Thanks to (studio experts) Cesc Fabregas, Alex Scott and Micah Richards for your professionalism, warmth and empathy.
“Get well soon, Christian Eriksen. “
England call for unity in message to fans
Czech goalkeeper Pavlenka excluded
A little news elsewhere in the English group, with the Czech Republic forced to make a late change in its workforce.
Goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was sent off due to persistent back problems. The team said the Werder Bremen goalkeeper did not travel with the team to Glasgow for their opener against Scotland on Monday.
That leaves Tomas Vaclik as the first choice in goal. Ales Mandous will be his replacement, while Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek will join the squad on Tuesday to replace Pavlenka.
How the Danish press reacted
Belgium passes to two
We will bring you all the reactions from Copenhagen as we get them. In the meantime, Thomas Meunier doubled Belgium’s lead over Russia and they are off to a perfect start in Group B.
FULL TIME | Denmark 0-1 Finland
A memorable, sometimes horrifying evening ends with a famous first European Championship victory for Finland.
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