Denmark’s midfield superstar Christian Eriksen sent shockwaves across the world few minutes from the half-time whistle, when he collapsed on the field due to some unknown reason during a EURO 2020 match vs Finland. The referee immediately halted the match post Eriksen collapsed and fell face-first minutes before the half-time. Denmark captain Simon Kjaer came to the rescue of his teammate by responded to the situation with such life-saving speed.
The captain was the player was rush to the scene and appeared to prevent Eriksen from swallowing his tongue. Marca was quoted saying “The Denmark captain sprinted the length of the pitch and sprang into action: he took Eriksen’s pulse, he made sure that his tongue was not blocking his airway and placed him in an upright position.”
Kjaer showed a clear presence of mind in a strenuous situation as he led his teammates in forming a protective ring around the Inter Milan midfielder. It was the man with the armband — Simon Kjaer escorted Eriksen off the ground along with the medical staff and the rest of his squad, also trying to make sure that photographers did not get a picture of the Inter Milan player. After, he guided his teammates to cover Eriksen while he received medical treatment. The world also witnessed Simon Kjaer and Kasper Schmeichel consoled Eriksen’s wife Sabrina who was reduced to tears at the edge of the touchline. Nothing but respect for The AC Milan defender and how he handled a tough situation as well as led from the front.
Post the most horrific moment, the Group B match was suspended for around two hours because of the scare but was resumed on the request of the players, Post knowing Eriksen was ‘awake’ and feeling better, the match resumed. Speaking post-match, Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand was quoted saying, “Simon [Kjaer] was deeply, deeply touched. He was in doubt whether he could continue and gave it a shot, but ultimately, he couldn’t. I completely understand that.”
Danish FA DBU took to social media to release a statement for the fans and wrote This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination. The team and the staff of the national team have received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident. We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players, the royal families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.”
The Danish team doctor has confirmed that Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when he collapsed during his side’s Euro 2020 opening match vs Finland. Morten Boesen while interacting media was quoted saying “He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation; it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation). The exams that have been done so far look fine. We don’t have an explanation to why it happened.”
The Danish players are in constantly in touch with Eriksen via Video conference and the news was confirmed by Peter Moller, director of Danish football association DBU. Head Coach Kasper Hjulmand was quoted saying Eriksen had informed him he did not remember much from Saturday’s collapse and that he was eager to get back on to the pitch.
Hjulmand quoted the midfielder as saying: “I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys. Christian is in good spirits and it’s a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty. There is no doubt that we have been on the ropes.”