Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen fainted as he suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday and regained consciousness after a long treatment. The incident happened during Saturday’s match against Finland, after which his teammates in the Danish team helped Eriksen. The Euro 2020 match was delayed by 90 minutes after Eriksen collapsed and fell 1-0 with Finland.
Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said on Sunday that Christian Eriksen’s heart stopped beating on Saturday during the Euro Cup and was later rescued with a defibrillator. “He was gone but we made his heart beat again. It was a heart attack,” said team doctor Boesen. Eriksen was treated on the field under Boesen’s leadership. He said, “How close were we? I don’t know. We brought him back. It was done pretty quickly.”
Team officials said Eriksen is now stable at a hospital in Copenhagen and spoke with his teammates via video link on Sunday. “I’m not a heart doctor, so why this happened and leave the rest of the details to the experts,” Boesen said.
The Danish Football Federation said on Sunday that the condition of hospitalized Christian Eriksen who fainted during a Euro Cup match was sent a message of gratitude to his teammates.
Eriksen fell suddenly at the end of the first half. The Danish federation wrote on Twitter: “We spoke to Eriksen who sent his gratitude to teammates. His condition is stable and he will remain in the hospital to be examined. The national team and staff received crisis management support and after the incident. Everyone will be there to help each other.”
The Danish federation expressed its gratitude to the Inter Milan midfielder for the prayers of other teams and fans. Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand praised his players who did not hesitate to express their feelings on the field and in the dressing room. Now the team will have to focus on Thursday’s match against top-ranked team Belgium in Group B. At the same time, Finland was making its debut in a major football tournament, but Eriksen’s sudden fainting was more discussed than the biggest victory in his country’s football history. The two teams later called an emergency meeting and decided to continue the match when it was learned that Eriksen’s condition was stable.