Play stopped to pay tribute to Eriksen as Danes open scoring against Belgium after 99 seconds

Yussef Poulsen bagged the second-quickest goal in the tournament’s history at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

denmark-belgium-euro-2020-soccer Fans hold up a banner in support of Christian Eriksen. Source: Wolfgang Rattay

DENMARK’S GAME AGAINST Belgium at Euro 2020 was stopped after 10 minutes to allow players and supporters at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium to take part in a round of applause for Christian Eriksen.

The 29-year-old Denmark midfielder is recovering in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch during Saturday’s Group B game against Finland.

A section of fans in the 25,000 crowd held up a banner reading “All of Denmark is with you, Christian” as the referee briefly halted the match with Denmark leading 1-0 through a second-minute goal from Yussuf Poulsen.

The Danish Football Union (DBU) said earlier Thursday that Eriksen would have a heart defibrillator implanted after undergoing a series of tests.

denmark-belgium-euro-2020-soccer Belgian supporters send their own message. Source: Wolfgang Rattay

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter),” the Danish FA said in a statement on Twitter.

“This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances,” it added.

The DBU provided no details on the potential consequences for the Inter Milan player’s future career.

Gavin Cooney
Reports From Qatar

Get Gavin's exclusive writing and analysis from the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Become a Member

Poulsen’s goal — after just 99 seconds — is the second-quickest in Euros history.

© – AFP, 2021

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

About the author:


Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel