Finland recorded a victory in their first game at significant finals as they beat Denmark 1 -0 in Saturday’s Euro 2020 match, overshadowed by Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen’s, who collapsed on the pitch.
The 29-year-old, Inter Milan player, collapsed after 41 minutes and received CPR on the pitch as his obviously- shaken teammates surrounded him, and fans around the world watched on in shock.
After approximately 15 minutes of treatment, the Inter Milan star was carried off on a stretcher with supporters from both countries chanting his name in a whole class show.
The game was immediately put on hold as both teams spent the next hour in their dressing rooms, agreeing to resume the match only when they were informed that he was awake in the hospital.
Upon their return to the pitch, the Danish players were met with applauds from the Finland players and a standing ovation from the spectators in the beautiful city of Copenhagen.
Before Eriksen’s worrying collapse, Denmark had been the better team, but, unsurprisingly, the game proceeded with a slower tempo than the high emotion it had in the first 40 minutes.
The visitors, who have never qualified for a World Cup and were playing in their first European Championship finals game, took the lead when Joel Pohjanpalo’s header got past Kasper Schmeichel. And Pohjanpalo celebrated the goal, respectfully!!!!
Denmark had a chance to equalise when they were given a penalty after Paulus Arajuuri was judged to have fouled Yussef Poulsen, but Hradecky saved Hojbjerg’s poor spot-kick.
Denmark would have felt better with a win as it was learnt that they agreed to continue with the game “for Eriksen”, but it’s reassuring to know that he is in stable condition. The whole show of class from the Finland players, the fans and the messages for Erikson from clubs and sportsmen and women from around the world serve as a kind reminder of what this game is all about. Win or lose, some things will always be more important.
Stay strong, Captain Eriksen.