Christian Eriksen asked his Denmark teammates to continue their Euro 2020 match after he collapsed on the field mid-game
- A Euro 2020 game between Denmark and Finland was suspended after Christian Eriksen collapsed.
- The Danish player collapsed just before halftime and got immediate medical attention on the field.
- Once he'd been stabilized, Eriksen spoke with teammates from the hospital and asked them to play on.
One of the biggest stars of Euro 2020 wouldn't let his own plight stop his teammates from vying for glory.
In a terrifying scene, Denmark national team midfielder Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground just before halftime in his team's match against Finland on Saturday. Players from both teams immediately called for medical attention, and the game was stopped.
Despite Eriksen's teammates physically shielding him for privacy, medics could be seen performing chest compressions on the 29-year-old. Eventually, he was carried away from the field on a stretcher, though he appeared to be conscious and alert by that point.
In a statement released shortly thereafter, the Union of European Football Associations said Eriksen "has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilized." But the status of the first-round Euro 2020 match remained up in the air.
Eriksen himself ended the speculation. He FaceTimed with his teammates from the hospital and encouraged them to continue playing despite the scary incident that had unfolded, according to reporting from ZDF Sportstudio.
-Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 12, 2021
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The team followed Eriksen's word, picking up where they left off following a significant pause in play. Denmark ultimately lost the game 1-0, but the camaraderie between Danish and Finnish fans - including chanting Eriksen's name and offering their flags as a shield - won the day.
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