Finland beat Denmark 1-0 in their first major tournament game, but the Euro 2020 game will be remembered for Christian Eriksen, who is now in stable condition after collapsing on the pitch.
Denmark and Inter Milan midfielder Eriksen is in stable condition in hospital, the Danish federation said, after falling to the ground at Parken stadium shortly before half-time in the group match. B, leaving the players of both teams in distress.
England referee Anthony Taylor immediately called the medics on the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment with compressions made to the Inter Milan player’s chest before he was transported to hospital.
The Danish Football Association then provided an update on the 29-year-old’s state of health and revealed that the game will end on Saturday night, as requested by both groups of players.
The players emerged at 7:30 p.m. to resume play, which had been interrupted at 5:43 p.m., playing the remaining few minutes of the first half and taking a five-minute half.
Finland, entering their first major international tournament, scored against the run of the game with their first try on goal on the hour mark. Jere Uronen’s left-wing cross was led by Joel Pohjanpalo at eight. meters, escaping Kasper Schmeichel.
Following the request made by the players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to resume the game between Denmark and Finland this evening at 8:30 p.m. CET (tbc).
The last four minutes of the first half will be played, then there will be a 5 minute break at half time followed by the second half.
– UEFA (@UEFA) June 12, 2021
Denmark were awarded a penalty 18 minutes to go as Poulsen fell after a slight kick from Paulus Arajuuri, but Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit his shot on goal in the hands of Lukas Hradecky, who guessed correctly.
Eriksen “awake and stable” in hospital after collapsing
Christian Eriksen is “awake” and undergoing tests in hospital after collapsing on the pitch as Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland was temporarily suspended just before half-time.
The 29-year-old’s state of health has “stabilized”, according to tournament organizers UEFA.
A Danish FA statement also said: “Christian Eriksen is awake and his condition remains stable. He remains hospitalized at Rigshospitalet for further examinations.
“The game against Finland will be played tonight (Saturday). It happened after the players confirmed that Christian was fine.”
UEFA have confirmed that players from both sides have called for an end to the Group B meeting, which went goalless just before half-time.
Chronology of events
17:43: Christian Eriksen collapses on the pitch as he goes to control a touch. England referee Anthony Taylor, along with the two groups of players, instantly saw the seriousness of the problem and called in medical staff
Eriksen receives CPR from medical personnel, as well as electric shocks.
Visibly moved Danish players form a wall around Eriksen and medical staff to maintain stage privacy
5:59 p.m .: UEFA confirms match suspended due to medical emergency
6.15 p.m .: Photos, taken by AFP’s Friedemann Vogel, show Eriksen coming out of the field on a stretcher, eyes open and head held high
6:26 p.m .: UEFA says Eriksen has been ‘stabilized in hospital’, confirm crisis meeting with teams and players
7:03 p.m .: Denmark’s official account tweets that Eriksen is awake and going for further tests at Rigshospitalet Hospital in Copenhagen, 1 km from Parken Stadium
7:13 p.m .: UEFA confirms that the match will take place at 7:30 pm following a “request made by the players of both teams”. The tweet also said: “This happens after the players have been confirmed that Christian is doing well.”
7:20 p.m .: Both groups of players emerge to warm up for the remainder of the first half, with many of the 16,000 fans still in the stadium chanting Eriksen’s name
7:30 p.m .: Just over an hour and 45 minutes after Eriksen collapsed, the game resumed in the 42nd minute, with a five-minute halftime break.
8:35 p.m .: Eriksen named player of the match as Finland win replay 1-0
Denmark will host Belgium in Copenhagen on Thursday at 5 p.m., while Finland will now face Russia on Wednesday in their second Group B match at 2 p.m. in St. Petersburg.