UEFA suspended the Euro 2021 Group B match between Denmark and Finland after a medical emergency involving Danish Christian Eriksen.
The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency.
– UEFA (@UEFA) June 12, 2021
There was silence at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, just before halftime of the Euro 2021 Group B match between Denmark and Finland.
Danish star Christian Eriksen collapsed to the ground in the 43rd minute after being tapped on a serve and team medical staff rushed to treat the talented Inter Milan playmaker after the players called for help. There was no contact with other players before he fell to the ground.
While doctors treated Eriksen for more than 10 minutes, his teammates from Denmark formed a circle around him to prevent cameras from showing the scenes. From the video available it is clear that the medical intervention involved the administration of chest compressions. An image credited to Getty Images is circulating showing Eriksen alert as he is stretched out of the field.
Official image from Getty Images. Christian Eriksen seems conscious. All prayers and thoughts with Chris and his family ❤️🙏🏻🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/93PUM59ruZ
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 12, 2021
Players on the field and fans in the stands looked distraught during the ordeal with fans trying to clap their hands in support of the player.
Fighting back tears looking at this photo. Incredible strength and symbolism of the Denmark players. What a frightening and frightening moment. Please be alright, Eriksen 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/yu8E7kit5e
– Tom Bogert (@tombogert) June 12, 2021
ESPN announcer Derek Rae was calling the fight when the incident occurred:
The most difficult 10 minutes of a long career as a commentator. So hard to see Our hearts go out to Christian Eriksen. #DENFIN 🙏
– Derek Rae (@RaeComm) June 12, 2021
Eriksen made his debut for Denmark in March 2010 and has accumulated 108 appearances and 36 goals for his country. The playmaker made a name for himself at the club level with Dutch giants Ajax and later moved on to English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. After a difficult period at the English club, he was loaned out to Italian club Inter Milan last year and returned to his best form to help Inter win the Italian Serie A championship.