Christian Eriksen and Medics Who Saved His Life Invited to Euro 2020 Final by UEFA

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 6, 2021

TOPSHOT - Performers display a banner depicting the jersey of Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen who suffered a cardiac arrest during a group stage match ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 football match between Wales and Denmark at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on June 26, 2021. (Photo by Koen van Weel / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KOEN VAN WEEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen and the paramedics who saved his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field in a Euro 2020 match against Finland have been invited to the tournament's final by UEFA. 

"I'm excited, like a child on Christmas Eve," paramedic Peder Ersgaard, who received a VIP invited from UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin, told the Fagbladet FOA magazine (h/t Reuters, via ESPN). "I'm very proud of my efforts, but also of the whole team. It wasn't a one-man effort."

According to Reuters, UEFA said Eriksen has been invited to the final along with his partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, and six medics. At the time of writing, there had been no confirmation of whether he would attend the final, which takes place Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.

Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during the first half of Denmark's 1-0 loss to Finland in the group stage of the Euros on June 12. He received CPR and had his heart restarted with a defibrillator on the field before being transferred to a Copenhagen hospital, where he was stabilized.

He had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator surgically inserted and was discharged from the hospital the Friday after his collapse. 

Eriksen has been mostly out of the public eye since, but he did take a photo with a young fan recently:


Christian Eriksen looking well and taking photos with a young fan, you love to see it! ❤️<br><br>(via bjornbindzus/IG) <a href="https://t.co/kCOj2Dvsds">pic.twitter.com/kCOj2Dvsds</a>

After losing their opening two games at the tournament, including the game against Finland after it was restarted shortly after Eriksen's collapse, Denmark has made a run to the semifinals, where they'll face England on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET at Wembley. 

roger bennett @rogbennett

Beneath emotional arc of Christian Eriksen's collapse, Danish team is so well drilled and tactically intelligent. Their arc from devastation to glory, near death to life, defeat to semi-final, one of most scintillating tournament football has seen. The greatest human theater🇩🇰 <a href="https://t.co/eBa9OubK2X">pic.twitter.com/eBa9OubK2X</a>

Italy faces Spain in the tournament's other semifinal on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, also at Wembley. 

"I hope to see Denmark against Italy," Ersgaard told Reuters. "That would be really, really big. Just imagine if they become European champions."