Finland won their first match at a significant final as they beat Denmark in their Euro 2020 match that was eclipsed by Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsing on the pitch.
Eriksen, 29, collapsed following 41 minutes and got CPR on the pitch as his troubled teammates encompassed him, and fans throughout the planet watched in a stunned state.
After around 15 minutes of treatment, the Inter Milan star was carried away on a stretcher. Fans from the two nations chanted his name while the two sets of players spent the following hour in their changing areas.
Only when informed that he was awake in the hospital did the players agree to resume the match.
At 19:05 BST, two hours five minutes after start off, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel got back to the pitch, before the Finland players praised all the Danish squad individuals and the fans in Copenhagen gave every one of the players overwhelming applause.
The match continued at 19:30 BST with the last four minutes of the main half played before a five-minute break for halftime and afterward the subsequent half.
Before Eriksen’s stressful breakdown, Denmark had been the better side, with Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saving Jonas Wind’s 20-yard effort and tipping a header from Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg over the bar.
The match, the third of the deferred Euro 2020, had started in an unruly, energetic air with more than 15,000 supporters at the Parken Stadium in the Danish capital. However, it was undeniably more stifled on the restart as consideration zeroed in on Eriksen’s wellbeing.
The guests, who have never qualified for a World Cup and were playing in their first European Championship finals game, started to lead the pack when Schmeichel couldn’t keep out Joel Pohjanpalo’s header following Jere Uronen’s cross.
Denmark got an opportunity to level when they were given a penalty after Paulus Arajuuri was judged to have fouled Yussef Poulsen, yet Hojbjerg’s helpless spot-kick was saved by Hradecky.
According to Danish team doctor Morten Boesen, Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest when he collapsed in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland.
Earlier, officials said the midfielder was stable in hospital and had sent his greetings to his national teammates.
“He was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest,” said Boesen.
“How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib [defibrillation] so that’s quite fast.
“The examinations that have been done so far look fine. We don’t have an explanation as to why it happened.”
“His condition is stable and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination,” said a statement from Danish officials on Sunday morning.
“This morning we have spoken to Christian, who has sent his greetings to his teammates.”
“The team and staff of the national team have received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday’s incident.
“We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt greetings.”
Head coach Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen told him he did not remember much from Saturday’s collapse.
He quoted the midfielder as saying: “I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys.”
Hjulmand added: “Christian is in good spirits and it’s a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty. There is no doubt that we have been on the ropes.”
Everyone in the football world hopes that Eriksen is back to his best as soon as possible.