Christian Eriksen, Inter’s Danish player, suffered a cardiac arrest at the end of the first half of Denmark-Finland, the second European match scheduled for Saturday, at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Eriksen lost consciousness and was rescued by doctors, who gave him heart massage in the field. Admitted to hospital, he has regained consciousness and is stable but still under observation. The match was suspended and postponed at 20.30 in agreement with the Danish players.
After he passed out, Eriksen was rescued and covered for a long time by teammates, some of them in tears. The timely intervention of Atalanta full-back Joakim Maehle and Danish captain Simon Kjaer – who also plays in Milan, with AC Milan – was crucial before the arrival of the Denmark staff doctors.
Eriksen was later transported out of the camp and hospitalized in Copenhagen. At 19.25, UEFA announced that the player has regained consciousness and that his conditions are stable: news later confirmed by the Danish federation and its agent, Martin Schoots.
Eriksen is twenty-nine years old and is Denmark’s most representative footballer at the European Championships. He has been playing in Italy with Inter since January 2020 and in the last season; he won the Scudetto playing a total of 34 games. Before Inter he had been at Ajax – the Dutch club where he grew up – and at Tottenham. With the Danish national team, he has 108 appearances in official matches.