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Denmark v Finland match: Christian Eriksen stabilised in hospital after collapsing in match

The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland was suspended shortly before half-time on Saturday after the Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed.

It was clear immediately that something was badly wrong. There was no collision: he simply fell to the ground as he went to collect a throw-in and, instantly, players from both sides called for medical attention, which was summoned by the referee Anthony Taylor.

The doctors ran over to Eriksen and, as it became apparent just how serious the situation was, the stadium fell silent. The Finnish midfielder Joel Pohjanpalo had his head in his hands in distress. Thomas Delaney, the Danish midfielder, used his shirt to wipe tears from his eyes. The Denmark players, stepping back to allow the medics access, initially formed a shield around Eriksen.

As resuscitation efforts continued, polite, horrified applause broke out from the stands.

Eriksen’s partner, wearing a Denmark shirt, came to the touchline and was comforted by the captain Simon Kjaer and the goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

After 10 minutes or so, Taylor formally halted the game and the Finland players left the pitch. Uefa’s website said that the game had been “suspended due to a medical emergency”.

Later Uefa put out a statement on Twitter saying: “Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET. The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised.”

The Danish football federation said on Twitter that Eriksen was awake and undergoing further examination at hospital.

England cancelled a planned media conference to preview their opening game against Croatia and the Football Association said: “Our thoughts this evening are with Christian Eriksen and his family, and all connected with the Danish Football Union.”

Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton midfielder who collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup game in 2012, tweeted: “Please God.”

Eriksen, who played for Tottenham from 2013-20 after signing from Ajax, received messages of support from dozens of dozens of current and former players, including his Inter teammate Achraf Hakimi. “Eriksen Please,” tweeted the Morocco international. Others posting similar tweets included Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and Jack Grealish.

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