As Christian Eriksen fell unconscious on the pitch after collapsing during the Euro 2020 match, his pulse faded, Danish team doctor Morten Boesen quickly realized that there was no a second to lose.
“He was breathing and feeling his pulse. But suddenly that changed, “Boesen said.” And as everyone saw, we started doing CPR. “
The next 10 minutes were some of the scariest ever developed during a match at the European Football Championship.
Several doctors worked frantically to give Eriksen chest compressions while his teammates drowned in tears and formed a circle around the midfielder to protect the scene from public view.
And finally, the mysterious silence that had descended around Parken Stadium was replaced by massive applause.
“The help came very, very quickly from the medical team and the rest of the staff, and with their collaboration we did what we had to do. We managed to get Christian back.”
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Eriksen was awake and in stable condition on Saturday night after being taken to a hospital in Copenhagen, the Danish football federation said.
Just before half-time, the midfielder fell face down on the ground. His teammates, the Finland players and the referee immediately made a gesture to ask for help and the doctors rushed to the field.
Eriksen’s partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen came out on the field and was comforted by Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The Finland players, crowded on their bench, left the field while the Inter Milan midfielder was still receiving treatment.
Eventually, Eriksen was moved to a standing ovation, with his teammates walking beside the stretcher.
Inter Milan Milan doctor Piero Volpi told The Associated Press that Eriksen never hired COVID-19, has no known medical condition and has passed all medical examinations without problems since who joined the club in January 2020 from Tottenham.
“But we’ll talk about it when the time comes,” Volpi added about Eriksen’s medical history. “Right now, the important thing is that he recovers.”
“I shed a few tears because I was thinking about his family”
“I spend more time with him than my own family”
Romelu Lukaku was only thinking about Christian Eriksen and his family on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/1gKtWz1Pky
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Finland won 1-0 after Joel Pohjanpalo scored in the 60th minute and goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky then saved a penalty.
But in the end, the result seemed just a later reflection.
“Of course, you can’t play a game with these sensations,” Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said.
“What we tried to do was incredible. It’s amazing that the players managed to get out and try to play the second half. “
UEFA said both teams had done so had an emergency meeting before deciding to continue playing. The players returned to the field with a standing ovation when they started to warm up for the second time.
Hjulmand said teams had the option to finish the game on Saturday or resume on Sunday.
“The players didn’t imagine not being able to sleep tonight and then having to get in tomorrow, get on the bus and play a game,” Hjulmand said. “Honestly, it was best to finish it.”
Eriksen is one of the biggest stars in Denmark and the incident caused an instant shock sensation at Parken Stadium, where some 15,000 fans fell into silence.
Some fans could be seen crying and hugging in the stands.
Like the fans at the stadium waiting for updates, Finland fans started singing “Christian! Christian, ”which was later answered by Danish fans shouting“ Eriksen! Eriksen! ”
A huge roar came out of all the fans when the stadium announcer said Eriksen was “stable and awake”.
The incident brought back memories of other football players who have collapsed on the field, including Marc-Vivien Foe and Fabrice Muamba.
Foe died while playing for Cameroon during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France, while Muamba needed CPR in 2012 when he collapsed in a match between Bolton and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in north London.
Muamba, who fully recovered, wrote “Please God” a Twitter since Eriksen was taken to hospital.