Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen in video call with Denmark teammates, urged them to resume match against Finland

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Euro 2020: The Group B match between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen was suspended after Christian Eriksen collapsed in the first-half and taken to the hospital. The Inter Milan midfielder called his teammates in a video conference and urged them to resume the match.

Denmark players formed a ring around Christian Eriksen when the midfielder was receiving CPR during their Euro 2020 match (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Finland defeated Belgium 1-0 after Euro 2020 match resumed in Copenhagen
  • Eriksen had a video call with his Denmark teammates from the hospital
  • The Group B game was earlier suspended after Eriksen collapsed on pitch

The Group B match of Euro 2020 between Denmark and Finland at the Parken Stadium resumed at 8:30 pm CET after it was suspended earlier in the day in Copenhagen. The match was halted after midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a scary collapse on the pitch and received CPR before being stretched off the field.

There was silence in the Parken Stadium that hosted close to 16,000 fans as the medical staff attended to Christian Eriksen who fell face-first on the pitch while he was near the touchline to receive a ball for a throw-in the 43rd minute of the Euro 2020 match. Tears rolled down the faces of fans as Eriksen’s family, which was at the stadium, rushed to the pitch to check on the Inter Milan star.

Fortunately, the governing body of Denmark football and the UEFA confirmed on Saturday that Christian Eriksen was stable and awake at the hospital where he was being treated after collapsing on the pitch.

As it turns out, Christian Eriksen reportedly had a video call with his Denmark teammates and urged them to resume the match against Finland. Eriksen was on FaceTime with his mates who had earlier formed a circle to ensure privacy while he was being treated by medical staff at the stadium.

Eriksen, according to reports, said he “feels better” while receiving treatment at the hospital.

Earlier in the day, players from both teams were distraught after Eriksen fell on the ground. The players were shocked as they made their way off the pitch after the match was initially suspended.

However, UEFA said the players from two teams approached the officials, asking them to complete the match on Saturday.

“Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC). The last five minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half,” the UEFA said.

Fans of both countries cheered the players on as they walked onto the pitch after the match resumed on Saturday. The atmosphere was electric as Finland went ahead and clinched an upset win with a goal from Joel Pohjanpalo on their debut in the European Championship.

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