Copenhagen – Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed while playing and was given CPR by medics during his side’s Euro 2020 match with Finland today, and was later conscious in hospital.
The game was initially suspended but will be resumed at 6.30pm GMT, European football chiefs said.
Eriksen collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in.
Teammates Martin Braithwaite and Thomas Delaney rushed to assist him, with Delaney beckoning furiously for medical assistance.
As a hush fell over the 16,000-strong crowd, Eriksen‘s teammates formed a ring around him as medics pumped his chest just before halftime in their Group B clash.
A Reuters photographer at the game saw Eriksen raise his hand as he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher, and the stadium announcer later told the crowd that he had been taken to the nearby Rigshospitalet.
The Danish Football Association tweeted that the 29-year-old was “awake and at Rigshospitalet for further examinations”.
The news that Eriksen had been taken to hospital was greeted by the crowd chanting his name.
Both teams subsequently left the field with officials holding up sheets to hide the stricken player from view, and the stadium announcer told fans that the game had been suspended due to a medical emergency and to stay in their seats.
The game was scoreless when Eriksen, who plays his club football for Inter Milan in Italy, collapsed. — Reuters