Euro 2020: Denmark’s Christian Eriksen Collapses During Match

Here’s what you need to know: Denmark’s player shielded Christian Eriksen from view while he received medical treatment after collapsing.Credit...Pool photo by Friedemann Vogel Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed to the field late in the first half of his team’s game against Finland at Euro 2020 on Saturday, a frightening moment that played out before a stadium filled with fans and broadcast to a live global television audience. Eriksen received immediate treatment on the grass where he had fallen, and was awake when he left the stadium on a stretcher about 20 minutes later. Tournament organizers reported that his condition had “stabilized.” Denmark’s soccer federation reported that he was awake, and that the match had been allowed to resume only after his teammates had been assured he was “okay.” Eriksen appeared to be awake, and holding his hand to his forehead, as he was carried from the field.Credit...Friedemann Vogel/Pool, via ReutersUEFA suspended the match, which had been nearing its halftime break, for more than an hour after Eriksen was stricken. But it later said the game would resume at the request of both teams, and the players — relieved that their teammate and friend appeared to be OK, but a few of them still wiping away tears — soon returned to the field. Earlier, the Finns had stood and applauded their Danish rivals as they returned to the field to restart the game. Just over 90 minutes after Eriksen fell to the ground, play resumed. Finland won, 1-0. The victory was its first in a major championship for its national team — Finland had never before played in the World Cup or the Euros — but its celebrations were tempered by the day’s events. Eriksen was near the sideline, waiting to receive a throw-in, in the 42nd minute when he stumbled and fell forward. Players on both teams immediately sensed serious trouble, rushing to him and waving frantically for trainers to come to his aid. The Denmark players, some of them crying and others praying, then formed a circle to shield Eriksen from view as the medical teams administered urgent care. At one point, television images showed a trainer performing chest compressions on Eriksen. The director of the federation, Peter Moeller, told Denmark’s national broadcaster DB that Eriksen had received a “heart massage” on the field. UEFA, the tournament organizer, immediately suspended the match and later tweeted that Eriksen had been taken to the hospital and “stabilized.” Denmark’s soccer association announced that Eriksen was “awake and undergoing further examinations.” Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET. The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half. — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 12, 2021 The incident happened in the 43rd minute of a scoreless game. Play was suspended, and both teams left the field. Just over an hour after the incident, though, UEFA announced the match would resume “following the request made by players of both teams.” The teams returned to the field for warm-ups and then played the final four minutes of the first half. Mathias Jensen replaced Eriksen in Denmark’s midfield. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Finland took the lead on a header by Joel Pohjanpalo. Finland’s Joel Pohjanpalo scored on a header in the 60th minute.Credit...Pool photo by Friedemann VogelDenmark won a penalty, but Finland’s Lukas Hradecky stopped Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s attempt in the 75th minute.Credit...Pool photo by Friedemann VogelInside the stadium during the delay, fans waiting for updates during the suspension appeared to unite in concern for Eriksen, at one point volleying chants back and forth between their respective cheering sections. When the Finnish fans chanted “Christian,” their Danish counterparts answered with “Eriksen.” Earlier, trainers and medical teams had worked on Eriksen on the field — only yards from a grandstand crowded with Denmark fans — for nearly 20 minutes before transferring him onto a stretcher and carrying him off the field. As he left, Eriksen appeared to be awake on the stretcher, resting his hand on his forehead. Eriksen’s collapse and subsequent treatment left the crowd in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium nearly silent, and Denmark’s players struggling to hide their emotions. Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjaer, stayed by his teammate’s side until help arrived. He and goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel then moved to midfield to comfort Eriksen’s partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, who had rushed to the advertising boards in front of the stands. Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjaer, and others comforted Eriksen’s partner when she rushed to the field.Credit...Jonathan Nackstrand/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesEriksen, a 29-year-old who plays for the Italian champion Inter Milan, has been a fixture for Denmark for more than a decade.

Euro 2020: Denmark’s Christian Eriksen Collapses During Match
Here’s what you need to know: Denmark’s player shielded Christian Eriksen from view while he received medical treatment after collapsing.Credit...Pool photo by Friedemann Vogel Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed to the field late in the first half of his team’s game against Finland at Euro 2020 on Saturday, a frightening moment that played out before a stadium filled with fans and broadcast to a live global television audience. Eriksen received immediate treatment on the grass where he had fallen, and was awake when he left the stadium on a stretcher about 20 minutes later. Tournament organizers reported that his condition had “stabilized.” Denmark’s soccer federation reported that he was awake, and that the match had been allowed to resume only after his teammates had been assured he was “okay.” Eriksen appeared to be awake, and holding his hand to his forehead, as he was carried from the field.Credit...Friedemann Vogel/Pool, via ReutersUEFA suspended the match, which had been nearing its halftime break, for more than an hour after Eriksen was stricken. But it later said the game would resume at the request of both teams, and the players — relieved that their teammate and friend appeared to be OK, but a few of them still wiping away tears — soon returned to the field. Earlier, the Finns had stood and applauded their Danish rivals as they returned to the field to restart the game. Just over 90 minutes after Eriksen fell to the ground, play resumed. Finland won, 1-0. The victory was its first in a major championship for its national team — Finland had never before played in the World Cup or the Euros — but its celebrations were tempered by the day’s events. Eriksen was near the sideline, waiting to receive a throw-in, in the 42nd minute when he stumbled and fell forward. Players on both teams immediately sensed serious trouble, rushing to him and waving frantically for trainers to come to his aid. The Denmark players, some of them crying and others praying, then formed a circle to shield Eriksen from view as the medical teams administered urgent care. At one point, television images showed a trainer performing chest compressions on Eriksen. The director of the federation, Peter Moeller, told Denmark’s national broadcaster DB that Eriksen had received a “heart massage” on the field. UEFA, the tournament organizer, immediately suspended the match and later tweeted that Eriksen had been taken to the hospital and “stabilized.” Denmark’s soccer association announced that Eriksen was “awake and undergoing further examinations.” Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET. The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half. — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 12, 2021 The incident happened in the 43rd minute of a scoreless game. Play was suspended, and both teams left the field. Just over an hour after the incident, though, UEFA announced the match would resume “following the request made by players of both teams.” The teams returned to the field for warm-ups and then played the final four minutes of the first half. Mathias Jensen replaced Eriksen in Denmark’s midfield. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Finland took the lead on a header by Joel Pohjanpalo. Finland’s Joel Pohjanpalo scored on a header in the 60th minute.Credit...Pool photo by Friedemann VogelDenmark won a penalty, but Finland’s Lukas Hradecky stopped Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s attempt in the 75th minute.Credit...Pool photo by Friedemann VogelInside the stadium during the delay, fans waiting for updates during the suspension appeared to unite in concern for Eriksen, at one point volleying chants back and forth between their respective cheering sections. When the Finnish fans chanted “Christian,” their Danish counterparts answered with “Eriksen.” Earlier, trainers and medical teams had worked on Eriksen on the field — only yards from a grandstand crowded with Denmark fans — for nearly 20 minutes before transferring him onto a stretcher and carrying him off the field. As he left, Eriksen appeared to be awake on the stretcher, resting his hand on his forehead. Eriksen’s collapse and subsequent treatment left the crowd in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium nearly silent, and Denmark’s players struggling to hide their emotions. Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjaer, stayed by his teammate’s side until help arrived. He and goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel then moved to midfield to comfort Eriksen’s partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, who had rushed to the advertising boards in front of the stands. Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjaer, and others comforted Eriksen’s partner when she rushed to the field.Credit...Jonathan Nackstrand/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesEriksen, a 29-year-old who plays for the Italian champion Inter Milan, has been a fixture for Denmark for more than a decade. He led the team to the World Cup in 2018, where it advanced to the round of 16, and started for Tottenham Hotspur in Europe’s marquee club championship, the Champions League final, in 2019. Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Meunier led Belgium to a 2-0 win over Russia.Credit...Pool photo by Anton Vaganov Romelu Lukaku controlled the free ball, spun and fired it into the goal, and then set off to find a television camera so he could say hello to his friend. Lukaku had known, even before his Belgium team had taken the field against Russia in its Euro 2020 opener in St. Petersburg, about the collapse of his friend and Inter Milan teammate Christian Eriksen in Denmark’s game against Finland in Copenhagen. So when Lukaku opened the scoring 10 minutes into the first half, he took off to try to send him a message. “Chris, Chris,” Lukaku shouted into the camera lens after sprinting to the sideline and grabbing it with both hands. “I love you.” The goal got Belgium started, another by Thomas Meunier doubled the lead and a second by Lukaku sealed things. That was enough to give Belgium a 3-0 victory, and a sparkling start to the Euros in which they are one of the favorites to lift the trophy. But as the whistle blew that hardly mattered, especially for the Belgian players — Lukaku, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen among them — who were current or former teammates of Eriksen’s. The win was a relief, but surely not the biggest of the day. With it in hand, though, they could turn their full attention to what comes next — a reunion with Denmark, and perhaps even with their friend Eriksen, on Thursday in Copenhagen. Brazilians have protested the decision to move the Copa América to the country.Credit...Eraldo Peres/Associated Press At least a dozen Venezuela players and staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus a day before they were to play Brazil in the opening match of the South American soccer championship, according to the health authorities in Brazil. The outbreak is the latest bad news for the troubled tournament, the Copa América, which was moved to Brazil less than two weeks ago after the scheduled host, Argentina, said it could not hold it safely during the pandemic. Colombia, the other co-host, had dropped out earlier. Globo reported Saturday that the number of infected members of Venezuela’s traveling party had grown to 12 from five, citing the health authorities in Brasília, where its team is scheduled to play host Brazil on Sunday night. The Associated Press reported that Conmebol, the governing body for soccer in South America and the organizer of the Copa América, had told Brazilian health officials about the positive results on Friday night. “The health department was notified by Conmebol that 12 members of the Venezuelan national team’s delegation, including players and coaching staff, tested positive for Covid-19,” the health authorities said in a statement. Venezuela’s team arrived in Brazil on Friday. “They are all asymptomatic, isolated in single rooms and are being monitored,” the statement added. Neither Conmebol nor Venezuela’s soccer federation made a public comment on the reports, or the positive tests, on Saturday. Reports in Venezuela said the federation was preparing to charter a flight to send 14 replacement players to Brasília so that Sunday’s game could go ahead as planned. Another Venezuelan playing domestic soccer in Brazil also would be added to the roster, the reports said. Teams at the tournament were asked to submit a short list of as many as 60 players as organizers tried to put in place mitigation measures in case of a spate of positive tests. Two players on Venezuela’s roster were forced to drop out after testing positive ahead of the team’s departure for Brazil on Thursday. The positives after the team’s arrival in Brazil will raise questions about the efficacy of those tests. Local news media reports had also raised concerns about how strictly the team was following protocols to isolate itself from outsiders after politicians and celebrities posted images from inside Venezuela’s pretournament training camp. The positive tests most likely will renew opposition toward a tournament that many have said should have been canceled. The players on Brazil’s team have gone public with their concerns about the tournament, even as they have committed to play in it. Almost 500,000 people have died from the virus in Brazil, more than any country except the United States. Colombia vaccinated its team on Thursday.Credit...Barranquilla Mayor's Office/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe Copa América is the oldest international competition in soccer. This year’s edition, though, can already lay a claim to being the most unpopular edition in its 105-year history. An 11th-hour decision to switch the 10-nation event to Brazil amid its ongoing struggles to contain the coronavirus has led to protests and widespread condemnation inside and outside the country. The tournament was supposed to be held jointly by Colombia and Argentina, but Colombia was dropped amid political protests and then Argentina announced — two weeks before the games were to begin — that it could no longer safely stage the tournament. Brazil’s populist leader Jair Bolsonaro, whose handling of the pandemic has drawn much criticism, jumped at the opportunity to step in. The decision to bring the event to a nation still battling the pandemic sparked immediate outrage, with the competition, which will be played without spectators, being darkly described by some opponents as the “championship of death.” The opposition to the tournament extended to the stars of the Brazil squad, which has collectively expressed its opposition to the circumstances that led to the event’s being moved to their home country. The teams held multiple meetings, and at one point considered boycotting the tournament, before resolving to defend the trophy they won for the ninth time on the last occasion the tournament was played in 2019. “We are against the organization of the Copa América, but we will never say no to the Brazilian team,” the players said in an unsigned statement. Still, the outrage continued, and even led to an emergency appeal to Brazil’s Supreme Court by opponents who wanted it canceled. The court on Thursday ruled the games could go ahead. The event will, though, be played without two of its major sponsors. Mastercard, a tournament partner since 1992, and the brewing giant Ambev said they could no longer associate their brands with this year’s Copa América. FULL TIME A headed goal for each side, and a point for each team, too. Breel Embolo and Kieffer Moore score on second-half set pieces, and Wales and Switzerland both will leave Baku with something. Well, Wales won’t leave: They will play Turkey in the same stadium on Wednesday. Switzerland will feel a bit worse about the draw: They had the lead, and they now head to Rome to face Italy in midweek. That will be a much tougher task. 85’ Goal! Goal? Nope. Mario Gavranovic, on the field for a minute after replacing Seferovic, scores on a header with his first touch. But replays show almost immediately that he was offside when he broke for the ball, and V.A.R. quickly rules the goal out. The game remains tied, and the clock keeps ticking. 74’ Goal! Moore ties it up in the simplest way possible: a corner worked quickly to the tallest man on the field, cutting toward the goal. Moore’s run and his header, which caught the Swiss defense flat-footed, may have saved the day for Wales. A disappointing turn of events for the Swiss, who fell asleep just when they needed to bear down and defend their lead. If there was one player to track on a set piece, it was Moore ……. and yet. Breel Embolo scored Switzerland’s opener, despite the efforts of Wales defender Connor Roberts.Credit...Pool photo by Naomi Baker50’ Deserved goal for Embolo, the 24-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach striker who has done some hard work inside — including creating the corner that led to the goal — and watched Seferovic miss on his team’s best chances. 49’ Goal! There’s your opener. Breel Embolo scores it, outmuscling Roberts to rise in the air and turn in a corner from Shaqiri. Gareth Bale of Wales challenging Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez.Credit...Tolga Bozoglu/Pool, via ReutersHALFTIME Tweeeeeet! There’s a scoreless halftime in the books, same as last night. Switzerland had 11 shots and Wales only 2. Maybe the next 45 will offer more. 40’ Baku was one of the rare cities that planned to allow larger-than-usual crowds for Euro 2020: It said the stadium would be open to 50 percent capacity. At the Baku Olympic Stadium — an aspirational label, since Azerbaijan has never hosted the Games — that would be about 35,000 people. But there appears to be a fraction of that number inside today. Credit...Naomi Baker/Getty ImagesThe and the problem is surely travel rules, not tickets. Moving around Europe is easy if you’re a UEFA bigwig flying by private jet. For the average fan, facing testing and quarantines, it’s quite a bit harder. And today, it least, it looks like most people just stayed home. 20’ Moore has cut his forehead in an aerial collision with Switzerland’s Kevin Mbabu, but after a trip to the sideline and a few yards of red head-wrap, he’s back looking to get his noggin back in the mix for headers. 10’ After some early pressure from Wales, the field has tilted the other way. The Swiss are sweeping forward well with their outside backs, and Shaqiri keeps popping up in a new spot every few minutes. But Wales is dropping well, and Switzerland is struggling to turn its wide play into real chances as the middle gets cluttered. Credit...Pool photo by Dan Mullan1’ Both teams took a knee before kickoff. That’s going to be a talking point all tournament, since not everyone is on board with the gesture. Pregame Gareth Bale starts for Wales but the notable choices in Coach Rob Page’s team are four at the back — Wales has played with three center backs recently, though seems more comfortable in a 4-2-3-1 formation — and that the 6-foot-5 Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore starts up top. Expect Moore to act as the target and holdup man while Bale, Daniel James and Aaron Ramsey swirl around him looking to make trouble. Wales was the surprise team of Euro 2016, and it (and Switzerland) will sense an opening after watching Turkey get pounded on Friday. Switzerland counters with three at the back. They’ll be busy. But this is also an experienced team, and Xherdan Shaqiri is capable of doing memorable things — and even political things — at any time.