Belgium and Denmark halt Euro 2020 fixture to pay heartfelt Eriksen tribute

Belgium and Denmark brought a halt to their Euro 2020 fixture in recognition of Christian Eriksen following the midfielder’s horrifying collapse last weekend.

Eriksen, 29, is in a stable condition in hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest in the first half of Denmark’s Group B match with Finland on Saturday evening.

The stricken Inter Milan star was attended to on the pitch by heroic medics after his legs gave way. His captain, Simon Kjaer, also played a key role in saving his life by clearing his airways.

Eriksen has since posted an encouraging update from his hospital bed in Copenhagen, while his Denmark teammates returned to action against group-favourites Belgium on Thursday evening, having lost 1-0 to Finland after the game restarted.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and required defibrillation

As a touching gesture, the two teams brought the action to a halt after the 10th minute – as Eriksen wears 10 for his country – to allow a minute of applause for the recovering playmaker.

Romelu Lukaku plays alongside Eriksen for Inter and outlined the plan on Wednesday, saying: “After 10 minutes of the match we will put the ball in touch to applaud.

“Several players from our country have played with him but we will be there to win and that is the most important.”

Eriksen also played alongside Belgians Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld during his six-and-a-half seasons with Tottenham.

The tribute was especially touching as Denmark were playing on home soil at Parken Stadium, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance.

In the build-up to the match, Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand shared the heart-warming news that Eriksen would be watching the match with his country’s jersey on

“Christian will watch the game. It is really crazy,” said Hjulmand.

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“The hospital is right next to Parken and when he looks out of his window he will see it and probably hear everything.

“That is crazy for Christian but he will be in his shirt and watch the game on TV.”

Meanwhile, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said he and his players were keen to keen to celebrate the fact Eriksen has come through his horrendous ordeal.

“As you can imagine, the uncertainty that we had when the incident happened, that was a really tough moment, said Martinez.

“A tough moment for any player that was watching the game, a tough moment for players who have been sharing dressing rooms with Christian.

“Then from that point on, once you get the good news that Christian reacted positively, that he was talking, that he was in hospital, now it’s almost a celebration.

“You’re going to have a full capacity crowd – this is about a celebration in football and for Christian.”

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