Denmark star 'stabilised' after collapsing during Euros game
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Denmark star Christian Eriksen is awake and stable after collapsing during this evening's European Championship game against Finland.
Inter Milan player Eriksen dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen shortly before half-time, leaving players from both teams in clear distress as he received medical treatment.
An update from Uefa provided encouraging news, releasing a statement on Twitter which concluded: "The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised."
The Danish Football Association also posted an update saying that the 29-year-old "is awake" and undergoing "further examination".
English referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment.
A tweet from UEFA confirmed the Group B match had been suspended due to a medical emergency.
Team-mates formed a shield around the former Tottenham man, while fans inside the stadium were clearly stunned by the incident, with some pictured in tears.
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Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki was on the pitch at the time, playing for Finland, with the score 0-0.
Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton midfielder who collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup game in 2012, responded to the news, tweeting: "Please God."
Christian Eriksen's former club, Tottenham, tweeted: "All of our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family."
Eriksen left Tottenham for Inter Milan in 2020 after seven years with the club.
A message was posted on the official Twitter account of the Finland national team, saying: "Christian Eriksen is awake and in stable condition. The thoughts of the Finnish men's A national team, the Finnish Football Association and the Finnish football family are with Eriksen, his loved ones and the Danish team."
The game was surprisingly resumed just under two hours later, at 7.30pm, with Uefa tweeting "following the request made by players of both teams" they had agreed to the restart.
Canaries striker Pukki was replaced in the 76th minute, having recently returned from an ankle ligament injury, earning his 92nd cap.
Finland were playing their first match at a major tournament and scored in the 60th minute through a header from Bayer Leverkusen forward Joel Pohjanpalo, to earn a surreal 1-0 win.
Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg wasted a chance to equalise for the Danes, having a poor penalty saved by Lukas Hradecky in the 74th minute.
Finland and Pukki continue their Group B campaign in St Petersburg, against Russia on Wednesday (2pm) and the team top of the Fifa world rankings, Belgium, the following Monday (8pm).
The big news of the night was that Eriksen was recovering in hospital though, thanks to the rapid response of the medical professionals who came to the rescue.