Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland

Play was stopped just minutes before the half-time whistle when players signalled the medical team to come onto the pitch to attend to Eriksen, who collapsed inside the Finland half.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen is taken away on a stretcher after collapsing on the pitch during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Stuart Franklin/Pool via AP)   -  AP

Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in Saturday's Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen, causing the suspension of the match in the first half.

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

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"The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency," UEFA said in a short statement.

Denmark and UEFA put out statements saying Eriksen was later transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.

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

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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.

The match eventually resumed at 12:00 am IST with Finland beating Denmark 1-0.

Relieved

Inter Milan team physician Piero Volpi told The Associated Press that the Italian club was in contact with the Danish football federation.

“We’re in contact with the Danish federation, the team manager, the team physician. But we still don’t know anything yet,” Volpi said. “We heard what UEFA said, and we’re all happy that he’s been stabilised. But that’s all we know.”

Volpi added that Eriksen never contracted COVID-19, has no medical conditions that he’s aware of and has passed every medical exam without problem since joining Inter in January 2020 from Tottenham.

“But we’ll talk about that when the time is right,” Volpi added of Eriksen’s medical history. “Right now, the important thing is that he recovers.”

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