Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapses, Euro 2020 game with Finland suspended

  • Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapses, Euro 2020 game with Finland suspended

Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapses, Euro 2020 game with Finland suspended

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen appeared to collapse as a throw-in was taken towards him during the 43 minute of the Group B game in Copenhagen. The Danish soccer federation says Eriksen is awake.

The Finland players huddled by their bench and eventually walked off the field while Eriksen was still getting treatment, as did the referees.

The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland was suspended after Eriksen was given urgent medical attention on the field near the end of the first half.

'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 Denmark players shielded their stricken hero from the public view by surrounding him and the medical team.

UEFA, the European soccer governing body, said the decision to restart the game had been made by players.

The 29-year-old came up through Ajax's academy before going on to become a star for the Dutch giants.

Medics ran onto the field to help the Internazionale midfielder as he lay stricken on the ground.

The distressing scenes were echoed by the distraught faces of the Denmark players who formed a barrier around their team-mate to give him some privacy.

Eriksen's partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, went onto the field and was comforted by Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

According to a Reuters photographer, "Eriksen raised his hand as he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher".

After the pitch emptied, a video board in the stadium relayed updates on Eriksen's condition, and on the match's status, to fans.

In the stadium, an incredible act of solidarity happened as the two sets of opposing supporters both chanted Eriksen's name out of respect for the playmaker.