Christian Eriksen, the footballer who collapsed on the pitch during a Euro 2020 match on Saturday, is in “stable” condition and “sent greetings to his teammates, the Danish Union of football in a press release.
The 29-year-old midfielder “continues to be hospitalized for further examination,” said the declaration which was posted on Twitter. He added that his teammates and the staff of the Danish team had received “help in a crisis”.
Eriksen was walking alone near the sideline around the 42nd minute of Denmark’s opener against Finland when he suddenly appeared to stumble and fall forward. His teammates urged staff to rush to his aid.
The team then formed a circle around him to keep him out of sight while medics performed CPR. Players from both teams, as well as fans in the stadium were visibly upset and in tears, while the stadium in Copenhagen, the Danish capital, fell silent.
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Denmark captain Simon Kjaer has been hailed as a hero by many in the football community for his swift response. Kjaer took care of Eriksen before the medics arrived and put him in the recovery position.
Kjaer then asked his teammates to cover Eriksen with cameras as he was treated on the pitch for around 10 minutes, before being taken away on a stretcher.
Fans of both teams then shouted Eriksen’s name in support of the player.
When news emerged that his condition had improved, the players decided to resume play almost two hours later. Denmark lost to Finland 1-0 and Eriksen was named player of the match.
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand praised his side at a post-match press conference.
“It was a difficult night,” Hjulmand said. “We have a group of players that I can’t say enough about. I couldn’t be more proud of these people who take such good care of each other at a time when one of my very, very dear friends is suffering.
Current Eriksen football club, Inter Milan and former football club Tottenham Hotspur both tweeted messages of support, while his current and previous teammates dedicated their goals to the star.