Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during Euro 2020, confirms team doctor

Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute in the first half. He was immediately attended to by the medical staff on the pitch.

Christian Eriksen in the Euro 2020 match against Finland. (Image: Twitter/@EURO2020)

Denmark football team doctor revealed Christian Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest during their Euro 2020 Group B fixture. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute in the first half. He was immediately attended to by the medical staff on the pitch. Meanwhile, Denmark players formed a circle around Eriksen to block the fans’ view. It is to be noted that few fans were allowed to attend these matches if they have a negative test report or are vaccinated.

Denmark team’s doctor now said that Eriksen “was gone” and was brought back after a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a report by India Today suggests.

“He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation),” Morten Boesen told a news conference. He also added that Eriksen will remain in the hospital for further tests.

“The exams that have been done so far look fine,” Boesen added. “We don’t have an explanation to why it happened.”

Eriksen was stretchered off the pitch after he was given CPR. He seemed to be awake at the time. The match was suspended by an hour and 45 minutes by UEFA. It was later started and Finland won 1-0.

Players and coach by Eriksen’s side

The Danish players have been talking to Eriksen, said Peter Moller, director of Danish football association DBU.

Coach Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen told him he did not remember much from Saturday’s collapse. Eriksen also added that he is very eager to get back on the pitch.

“He would like for us to play on,” Hjulmand said. “He said he feels like he could go out and play again. Christian feels best when he’s got a football close to his feet.”

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 Eriksen- His journey for Denmark

Eriksen is Denmark’s most capped player with 108 caps. He is the team’s top goalscorer with 36 goals. His journey with the national team began after started after his call-up with the under-17 football team in July 2007. Eriksen impressed in his debut, scoring nine goals in 16 games for the U-17s.

The midfielder further made his presence felt for the Denmark U-18 and U-19 teams, resulting in an opportunity for the U-21 squad to the European Championship. Eriksen received his first senior call-up in February 2010. The footballer made his debut in Denmark’s friendly match against Austria in March. He became the nation’s fourth-youngest full international and the youngest debutant since Michael Laudrup.

With this medical emergency in the opening game, Eriksen could be sidelined for the remainder of Euro 2020. This will be a big blow for the Danes as they are currently at the bottom of the table. With Russia and Belgium in the mix, it will be a very difficult situation for Denmark to recover after the loss against Finland.

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