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Christian Eriksen 'awake and in a stable condition' in hospital

Denmark’s game with Finland was temporarily suspended earlier this evening due to a medical emergency after Eriksen collapsed.

Copenhagen's Parken stadium.
Copenhagen's Parken stadium.
Image: Martin Meissner

Updated Jun 12th 2021, 6:19 PM

DENMARK’S MIDFIELDER Christian Eriksen is awake and in a stable position in hospital after he collapsed during their Euro 2020 opener with Finland on Saturday, the Danish Football Association has said.

The former Tottenham playmaker dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium shortly before half-time of the Group B fixture, leaving players from both teams in clear distress.

English referee Anthony Taylor immediately called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment with compressions performed on the chest of the Inter Milan player before he was taken to hospital.

The game resumed at 7.30pm this evening ‘following a request made by both sets of players’. Finland won the match 1-0.

The Danish Football Association later provided an update on the 29-year-old’s condition.

A statement read: “Christian Eriksen is awake and his condition remains stable. He remains hospitalized at Rigshospitalet for further examinations.

“The match against Finland (resumed) after the players had it confirmed that Christian is okay.”

Earlier, Danish players were in tears as medical staff tried to revive the Inter Milan player, who suddenly collapsed near the touchline.

In a short initial statement, Uefa confirmed the match had been suspended due to a medical emergency.

At 6.25pm, Uefa issued a further statement which read: “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.

“The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.”

The Danish Football Association have since confirmed that Eriksen is awake.

Then at 7.10pm, Uefa released a statement saying the match would resume following consultation with both sets of players.

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Eriksen spoke to the Danish players from his hospital bed.

The previously raucous crowd at the Parken Stadium in the Danish capital fell silent after the 29-year-old fell to the ground near the end of the opening period, with his teammates gathering around him.

After around 15 minutes Eriksen was stretchered off the field followed by the rest of the Denmark team, while Finland’s players also left the pitch.

© – AFP, 2021

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