Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2021. 4:44 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: On Saturday, June 12, Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapsed in the 42nd minute of play in the Euro 2020 match against Finland suffering from cardiac arrest, had to be resuscitated on the field, and then rushed to a hospital.
Everyone at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, and fans around the world were very concerned.
Since then, Eriksen is recovering and even wrote a message to fans on Instagram.
“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” Eriksen wrote on Tuesday on Instagram.
“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”
Denmark plays Belgium on Thursday.
“It was a cardiac arrest. He was gone and we did cardiac resuscitation,” said Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen, who was one of the members of the medical team that tended to Eriksen on field.
“How close were we to losing him? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib [defibrillation]. That’s quite fast.”
“The examinations that have been done so far look fine. We don’t have an explanation to why it happened,” Boesen said afterward.
At this point, it is not known if Eriksen will be able to resume his football career.
At the time UEFA suspended the game but resumed it two hours later saying the players of both teams had decided to do so.
But, within the Denmark team there are people who believe they were not given an option and think that UEFA didn’t handle the situation properly.
Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand said UEFA gave them the option to finish the match that day or on Sunday.
“I think it was the wrong decision to make between the two scenarios,” Hjulmund said in a press conference. “It was very tough for the players. They didn’t even know if they could probably lose their best friend.
“I have the feeling that we shouldn’t have played and wrong that the players had to decide. I’m really proud of the way the world reacted to this incident. It’s often about money, but we saw what football is all about – compassion and love.
“We were put in a position I don’t think we should have been put in. It probably required that someone above us had said that it was not the time to make a decision and maybe should wait for the next day,” said goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
At a press conference the Denmark players said they pulled together like family.
“We all knew that we had this family. We have a great team spirit and we stand together, but experiencing something like that together makes you even stronger,” said forward Yussuf Poulsen.
“This is going to make us stronger as a team. We’ve been able to show a lot of love, a lot of honesty and everyone felt like they were part of this big family.”
Thomas Delaney agreed that the team is stronger now.
“It’s hard. It’s a situation none of us have ever imagined could happen, and that’s how it felt on the pitch. It felt surreal,” said Delaney.
“It (the squad’s camp) was a really good setting for all of us to be together to talk about it together. I’ve experienced a lot in this squad for the past few days.
“Everyone had the opportunity to be honest about their feelings and it’s been a good thing.”
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