Denmark and Belgium stopped play mid-match to honor Christian Eriksen, one week after his terrifying on-field collapse

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Denmark and Belgium stopped play mid-match to honor Christian Eriksen, one week after his terrifying on-field collapse
Belgium fans.AP Photo/Martin Meissner
  • Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during Denmark's opening match of Euro 2020.
  • Denmark played their second match of the tournament on Thursday against Belgium.
  • Denmark and Belgium honored Eriksen with a stoppage of play as fans from both sides cheered.

Denmark's opening match at Euro 2020 got off to a terrifying start when star midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field last week.

Eriksen went into cardiac arrest and was immediately met on the field by doctors who administered CPR and defibrillation to bring him back to consciousness.

After a few scary minutes, Eriksen was sitting up and aware. Finland fans passed down their country's flag to help preserve Eriksen's privacy as he was carted off the field.

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On Thursday, Denmark and Belgium honored Eriksen's absence with a mid-match stoppage of play, with the teams putting the ball out of bounds during the 10th minute to take a moment to applaud. Eriksen wears No. 10 for Denmark.

Players and supporters from both countries came together to cheer on Eriksen, recovering in a hospital just yards away from the Copenhagen stadium.

It wasn't the only time Eriksen was recognized.

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Ahead of the start of the match, Belgium offered a jersey for Eriksen signed by the team to Denmark's captain.

A huge Eriksen jersey also made its way across the field before the match.

Denmark also honored Eriksen with their play.

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Despite being down their superstar, Denmark came out hot, scoring against Belgium just two minutes into the match - their quickest goal in Euro history.

A week's worth of tension felt popped with relief as the ball hit the back of the net. Given how close Eriksen's hospital is to the field, there's little doubt he heard the roar of the crowd.

For the next three weeks, Euro 2020 will carry on.

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Brilliant goals will be scored, breathtaking matches will be won and lost, heroes will rise, heroes will fall.

But of all of the soccer left to be played in the tournament, it is tough to imagine a moment topping the joy and relief that came with Eriksen opening his eyes.

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