Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen collapsed suddenly just before half-time in Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium. He received CPR on the pitch and when then taken to hospital
Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen has opened up on the harrowing moments that followed Christian Eriksen’s collapse after he made his way onto the pitch to save his life.
Inter Milan star Eriksen collapsed suddenly just before half-time in Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.
It was immediately apparent that the former Spurs forward was in distress and his teammate Simon Kjaer was the first on the scene to administer life-saving treatment.
The Denmark captain appeared to clear Eriksen’s airways as he lay on the ground, while players from both teams hurriedly gestured for medical staff to enter the field of play.
The Denmark players then formed a protective ring around their teammate to offer him some privacy as doctors resuscitated Eriksen.
After lengthy treatment on the pitch, the Danish star was removed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
He appeared to be conscious at this moment, with his father later confirming to his agent, Martin Schoots, who said: “Christian Eriksen breathes and can speak. He’s awake.”
Denmark’s team doctor Boesen was with Eriksen throughout the terrifying ordeal and has recalled what happened as he made his way onto the pitch to administer life-saving treatment.
“We were called on the pitch when Christian fell over,” Boesen said in a news conference. “It was clear he was unconscious.
“When I got to him he was on his side, he was breathing, I could feel a pulse, but suddenly that changed and we started to give him CPR.
“There was fantastic help from the stadium doctor and the rest of the emergency services, and with that collaboration, we got what we needed.
“We got Christian back, who spoke to me before he was taken to the hospital.”
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The match was postponed after Eriksen collapsed, with players from both sides leaving the pitch in clear distress.
Play later resumed when news filtered through that Eriksen was recovering in hospital, with the forward FaceTiming his teammates and instructing them to play on without him. Finland went on to win the match 1-0.
Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in 2012.
Like Eriksen, Muamba received life-saving treatment on the pitch and recovered but was never able to play football again.
“It brought back stuff that I have put down in me, this emotion that is down there. To watch it from that distance and not know what was going to happen,” Muamba told BBC Sport.
“It was scary, but credit to the medical staff. They have done an amazing job on Christian. I like how his teammates got together to protect him. It brought back the emotion that you don’t really want to see on the other side.
“I hope things turn out to be OK for him. I hope he will come through.”