UEFA Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen remains in stable condition after collapsing in Finland loss

Tom Gott
Christian Eriksen is recovering after collapsing against Finland
Christian Eriksen is recovering after collapsing against Finland / HANNAH MCKAY/Getty Images

The Danish FA have confirmed that midfielder Christian Eriksen remains in a stable condition after collapsing during Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Finland.

The 29-year-old needed CPR and defibrillation on the pitch after a terrifying collapse shortly before half-time, but he was seen with his eyes open as he was stretchered off the field and was later confirmed to be awake and speaking in hospital.

Eriksen remained in hospital overnight, and the Danish FA confirmed on Twitter that he will continue to be monitored over the coming days.

"This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates," a statement on Sunday read. "His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination.

"The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday's incident.

"We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players, the Royal Families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.

"We encourage everyone to send their greetings to the Danish FA, where we will make sure they are all passed on to Christian and his family."

It was a truly emotional moment - one which Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand confessed reminded him of the importance of life and loved ones - and the words of national team doctor Morten Boesen really put things into perspective after the game.

"We were called onto the field when Christian fell over," he said (via the Danish FA website). "I did not see it myself, but it quickly became apparent that Christian was not conscious.

"When we got there, he was lying on his side, breathing with a pulse. Pretty quickly, the situation changed, and then we started life-saving heart treatment.

"We got fantastic and quick help from the stadium doctor and the rest of the emergency services. We got the necessary measures implemented. We brought Christian back, and he managed to talk to me before he was taken to the hospital for further examination."

The game finished 1-0 to Finland courtesy of a Joel Pohjanpalo header.

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