After collapsing in the field during the match against Finland, Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen is said to be ”awake” in the hospital, stated the Danish Football Association.
According to the organizers of Uefa, Eriksen’s condition has ”stabilized”.
The match in Copenhagen was stopped before half-time once the the 29-year old Inter’s player had fallen to the ground and the emergency treatment entered the field immediately.
After the game restarted at 19:30 BST, Finland managed to win the match in Group B by 1-0.
Once the Danish football players returned to the field to continue the game, they were applauded by their Finnish opponents.
After the request that was made by players of both teams, Uefa came to an agreement to restart the game.
The last 5 minutes of the first half were played, before taking a half-time break.
“We have been in contact with him [Eriksen] and the players have spoken to Christian. He is doing well and they are playing the match for Christian” said Peter Moller of the Danish Football Association to the Denmark Radio.
Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark’s coach was in tears during the conference after the match.
“It was a really tough evening, on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are. It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends,” he said.
“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.”
Even Uefa’s President Aleksander Ceferin came out with a statement saying that “Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.”
By the time the incident happened, the Denmark – Finland match had no goals as they were coming near the end of the half-time, around 17:45.
Eriksen had CPR before the players left the field and the game was postponed.
A Uefa statement said that: ”The match has been suspended due to a medical emergency which involved Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. The player is now in hospital and in a stable condition,”
“Uefa wishes Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery and wishes to thank both teams for their exemplary attitude.”
Eriksen’s team mates were near him and surrounded him while he was getting medical help, along with the fans at the Parken Stadium who were distressed.