COPENHAGEN (AP) – Christian Eriksen remained in stable condition in a Copenhagen hospital on Sunday and “sent greetings to his teammates” as he recovers from his collapse during a European Championship match, said the Danish Football Association.
The rest of the Danish squad have received crisis management assistance as they deal with the incident that occurred during Saturday’s game against Finland in Copenhagen. Eriksen fell face down at the end of the first half and needed CPR from the medics before regaining consciousness.
“This morning we spoke to Christian Eriksen, who sent his greetings to his teammates. the Danish federation wrote on Twitter. “His condition is stable and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination. The team and national team staff have received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident.
The Euro 2020 game was suspended for around 90 minutes after Eriksen collapsed. He eventually resumed and Finland won 1-0.
The Danish team canceled all media activities planned at their base camp on Sunday and also postponed a training session.
Eriksen, 29, was being treated at Rigshospitalet, one of Denmark’s top hospitals, located less than a mile from Parken Stadium, where the match took place.
The Danish federation, known as DBU, also thanked the fans and other teams for their massive support for the Inter Milan midfielder who has earned a reputation as one of the best pointers in the world. game to the world during his seven years in the Premier League at Tottenham.
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand said after Saturday’s game the Danish players will be offered all the help they need as they try to focus on the rest of the tournament.
“We will spend the next few days dealing with this as best we can,” Hjulmand said. “And of course, we are surrounded by professionals. … It is not normal to play such a game and then see a friend of yours suffer from a heart problem.
The incident threw an immediate veil over what had been a festive atmosphere in Copenhagen as Denmark hosted a major tournament game for the first time. The players had hinted at the possibility of repeating the country’s surprise victory at the 1992 European Championship, with Eriksen being the centerpiece of the team in his role as attacking midfielder.
Now the team will have to focus only on the next match against leader Belgium on Thursday in Group B. And Hjulmand praised his players for not being afraid to show their emotions both on the pitch and in the field. locker rooms.
“It’s a traumatic experience,” Hjulmand said. “The attitude (when the game resumed) was to go out and try to do what we can. And then we talked about letting you have all of those feelings. And it was OK to say no if they weren’t able to play. Some of them said they wanted to try. And I said no matter what feelings they had, everything was fine. You had to allow yourself to try playing the game if you wanted to. And you had to dare to show happy emotions. But it was good to say no. Because some of them couldn’t, they couldn’t play.
Hjulmand said he had experienced a similar situation during his club coaching career “where we almost lost someone on the pitch”.
“And now I can see how everyone is contacting their family right now and trying to use them with FaceTiming,” Hjulmand said in his post-game press conference. “So that’s what a situation like this does. It’s a tough night.