Soccer world pays tribute to Eriksen, medics after scary scene in Denmark

James Sharman and Craig Forrest discussed the swift medical response to Christian Eriksen’s frightening collapse at Euro 2020, the solidarity shown from players and staff, and the decision to eventually resume the match between Denmark and Finland.

On Day 2 of the European Championship, the soccer world was left in shock after Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch against Finland.

For more than 10 minutes, medical staff worked frantically giving Eriksen chest compressions as his teammates formed a circle in order to shield everyone from what was going on.

“He was breathing, and I could feel his pulse. But suddenly that changed,” Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said Saturday, according to The Associated Press. “And as everyone saw, we started giving him CPR.”

In that moment, the soccer match became secondary as the health of Eriksen was on the minds of everyone inside Parken Stadium in Copenhagen and around the world. Eventually, the match was suspended with play resuming once it was confirmed that Eriksen was stable and players from both teams gave the green light to finish the match.

Many took to social media to express their concern for Eriksen while also praising the response from medical staff, Denmark players — especially captain Simon Kjaer — and expressing the importance of learning CPR.

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