Denmark football team doctor revealed on Sunday that star player Christian Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest during their Euro 2020 Group B fixture in Copenhagen on Saturday. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute with the score level at 0-0 in the first half. The 29-year-old Inter Milan player had emergency medical treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
Denmark team’s doctor has now confirmed that Eriksen “was gone” and was brought back after being administered Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “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, adding that Eriksen remained in hospital for further tests after his collapse on Saturday. “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 a few minutes and he seemed to be awake at the time. The match was suspended by an hour and 45 minutes by UEFA but later a call was taken to restart after Eriksen was awake in hospital, did the players agree to resume the match, with Finland going on to win 1-0. Fans who were at the game later gathered outside Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen to show support for the player, while many across the football world sent their best wishes – among them, England captain and Eriksen’s former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Harry Kane.