Christian Eriksen Stabilized After Collapsing During Euro 2020; Match Suspended

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 12, 2021

Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen warms up before the UEFA EURO 2020 group B football match between Denmark and Finland at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Sat, Jun 12, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch near the end of the first half during Saturday's Group B match against Finland at the 2020 European Championship in Copenhagen.

According to Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports, Eriksen was "clearly passed out and unconscious" and was given CPR on the field.

The match was suspended with the score tied 0-0.

UEFA released the following statement, noting Eriksen had been taken to the hospital and stabilized:


Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET. <br><br>The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.

The Danish FA announced "Eriksen is awake and is having further examinations," per John Bennett of BBC Sport. 

UEFA followed up the positive updates on Eriksen with the announcement that the match would resume at 2:30 p.m. ET:


Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC). <br><br>The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.

Brendan Dunlop of the Toronto Star described the scene after Eriksen collapsed:

Brendan Dunlop @Brendan_Dunlop

Hearts in mouths everywhere watching the situation in Copenhagen right now. Truly frightening the way Christian Eriksen fell to the ground. You could tell by the immediate reaction of the players they knew it was serious #DENFIN

Sports commentator Alex Jacques noted Eriksen's teammates worked together to keep the cameras off him as he was being treated:

Alex Jacques @AlexJacquesF1

Courageous stuff from the Danish players to shield their team mate Christian Eriksen amid horrendous circumstances.

Multiple clubs, organizations and people took to Twitter to express support for Eriksen:

Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial

All of our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family. 🙏🏼 🤍

U.S. Soccer @ussoccer

The thoughts of everyone at U.S. Soccer are with Christian Eriksen, his family, teammates and all those in the Danish football family.

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes

Prayers up to Eriksen from Denmark man…..

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

No words. Forza Christian. 🇩🇰❤️

Denmark's match against Finland was its first of Euro 2020, which was postponed until this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 29-year-old Eriksen is an attacking midfielder who plays for Serie A side Inter Milan. He previously played for Ajax from 2010 to 2013 and Tottenham Hotspur from 2013 to 2020.

Eriksen helped lead Ajax to three Eredivisie titles and Tottenham to a runner-up finish in the UEFA Champions League in 2019 before winning a Serie A title with Inter Milan last season.

The Middelfart, Denmark, native had scored 36 goals in 108 career appearances for the Danish national team entering Saturday's match.