Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is awake and has been stabilised in a Copenhagen hospital after collapsing during Saturday’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland, with his condition being monitored today.
The former Tottenham playmaker dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium shortly before half-time of the Group B fixture, leaving players from both teams in clear distress. Medics administered prolonged treatment on the pitch before the Inter player was sent to hospital.
The game resumed after an almost 90-minute delay with the teams welcomed back onto the Parken Stadium pitch to warm applause, with Finland going on to win 1-0. We will bring you the very latest on Eriksen’s condition.
Regarding today’s matches, England begin their tilt at the tournament at Wembley against Croatia, before Austria take on North Macedonia and Netherlands host Ukraine.
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It’s only a game
The scenes yesterday proved that no matter rivalry or competition in sport, the welfare of players comes first.
We continue to send our well-wishes to Christian Eriksen and his family, along with all those associated with the Danish squad and FA.
Players had choice to postpone game
Kasper Hjulmand also confirmed that Denmark were offered the alternative option of finishing the game tomorrow but chose to resume.
“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today. You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.”
Denmark players ‘emotionally finished’
Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand says some of his players are “emotionally finished” after witnessing Christian Eriksen’s horrifying collapse this afternoon.
“It was a really tough evening, on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are,” Hjulmand said. “It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends.
“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.
“I could not be more proud of this team, who take good care of each other.
“There are players in there who are completely emotionally finished. Players who on another day could not have played this match. They are holding each other. It was a traumatic experience.”
Lineker: Denmark match was most distressing broadcast of my career
Gary Lineker was fronting the BBC’s coverage of tonight’s game in Copenhagen and has just tweeted his reaction.
“In 25 years of doing this job, that was the most difficult, distressing and emotional broadcast I’ve ever been involved with.
“Thanks to (pundits in the studio) Cesc Fabregas, Alex Scott and Micah Richards for your professionalism, warmth and empathy.
“Get well soon, Christian Eriksen.”
England call for unity in message to fans
Czech goalkeeper Pavlenka ruled out
A bit of news from elsewhere in England’s group, with the Czech Republic forced to make a late change to their squad.
Goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka has been ruled out because of persistent back problems. The team says the Werder Bremen keeper didn’t travel with the squad to Glasgow for their opening game against Scotland on Monday.
That leaves Tomas Vaclik as the first choice in the goal. Ales Mandous will be his backup, while Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek will join the team on Tuesday to replace Pavlenka.
How the Danish press reacted
Belgium go two-up
We’ll bring you all the reaction from Copenhagen as we get it. In the meantime, Thomas Meunier has doubled Belgium’s lead over Russia and they are well on their way to the perfect start in Group B.
FULL-TIME | Denmark 0-1 Finland
A memorable, at times horrifying evening, ends in a famous first European Championship win for Finland.