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The distressing incident of Christian Eriksen’s collapse in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland ensured that everyone’s thoughts are with his health and wellbeing.
The match was immediately halted as the Inter midfielder received urgent medical attention, before being rushed to a local hospital – where he regained consciousness and was reported to be awake and speaking, with his condition said to be ‘stable’.
The fans of both nations remained in the stadium in Copenhagen in the anxious and worrying time period between the incident and the match getting back underway this evening.
In the face of the worst adversity, both sets of fans joined in unison to chant the name of Christian Eriksen, as they hoped and prayed he would be making a recovery.
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is in a stable condition after collapsing during his side's match against Finland
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)
It was a heart-warming moment that showed fans coming together in an incredibly worrying and challenging moment, bringing a sense of positivity and hope.
The Finland fans chanted the name of “Christian”, before their Danish counterparts responded by chanting back “Eriksen”.
After a break of a little under two hours, in which Eriksen was given urgent medical care, rushed to hospital and then brought into a stable condition – the match was resumed, with reports suggesting Eriksen told the players of both teams he wanted them to restart.
Understandably, such circumstances are unique and incredibly difficult to judge – both for the players involved, who had undergone a traumatic incident, and others in the decision-making process.
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The first major update on Eriksen’s condition came from UEFA: “Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET.
“The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.”
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A Danish FA statement then confirmed the game would restart: “Christian Eriksen is awake and his condition remains stable. He remains hospitalized at Rigshospitalet for further examinations.
“The match against Finland will be played tonight. This happens after the players have been confirmed that Christian is okay. The match resumes at 20.30 (7.30pm UK time).”
After the incident, BBC Sport pundit Cesc Fabregas said: “I don’t even know what to say really.
“My body is shaking. All I can think about is Christian’s family and what they must be going through.
“It’s a very very sad moment and I pray for the very best.”
Alex Scott added: “I can’t believe what we’re witnessing.
“I think football totally goes out of the window right now.
“You’re thinking about his family, all the rest of the players out there witnessing it as well.
“I actually just got on my phone and messaged my mum and told her I love her.
“I think it’s a reminder of how quickly life can change, just like that.”
Micah Richards, also in the BBC Sport studio, said: “One thing you have to have, you have to have hope.
“You’ve seen it with Fabrice Muamba, he pulled through.
“That’s all you can do. We don’t know the news, you can’t make assumptions and all we can do is pray.”