Footballer Christian Eriksen, 29, collapsed and admitted to hospital suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in. He laid on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. His teammates gathered around him while he was treated on the pitch and then carried off on a stretcher yesterday.
Denmark's team doctor said Sunday there was still "no explanation" for why midfielder collapsed during his country's opening Euro 2020 game against Finland, but confirmed he had suffered a cardiac arrest. "He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation," team doctor Morten Boesen told to press. "How close were we? I don't know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that's quite fast," Boesen added. However, the physician also said they had yet to discover that cause of the 29-year-old's heart attack.
"There's no explanation so far," Boesen said, adding that all tests done so far on the player, who is still in hospital, have come back fine. "That is also one of the reasons that he is still in the hospital," the physician added.
The game was temporarily suspended awaiting updates on Eriksen's health, but resumed later in the evening after reports filtered through that the player was in a stable condition and awake. It ended in a 1-0 win for debutants Finland.
On Sunday head coach Kasper Hjulmand said that Eriksen had told him he wished for the team to carry on playing in the tournament.