Eriksen’s shocking illness overshadows Denmark’s loss


Denmark lost its star midfielder Christian Eriksen to a shocking illness and its first European Cup match against humble Finland 0-1, in Copenhagen, in a dramatic and breathtaking confrontation before announcing the stability of the talented playmaker’s condition.The match was stopped after the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder fell unconscious, then was revived on the field and regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where he is undergoing tests, and he is in a stable condition.

The match resumed an hour and a half after it stopped, after news from the European and Danish Federations that the player’s health condition had stabilized and he regained consciousness.

The remaining four minutes of the first half were completed before stopping for a short break for five minutes, then the second half was played, while the European Union (UEFA) announced that the match would be completed “at the request of the players of the two teams.”

Eriksen, 29, who was crowned with Inter in the Italian league title, suddenly fell to the ground when he was receiving the ball from a close throw-in before the match in Copenhagen with his eyes wide. His colleagues formed a circle around him, and some of them seemed to cry.

About ten minutes after his fall, when the result indicated a negative tie, the player was taken out on a stretcher in shocking scenes, accompanied by a medical device and the Denmark team players who seemed to be greatly affected, while the local fans applauded and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Simon Kayer tried to relieve He appalled his girlfriend who went down crying to the green rectangle.

“We have been in contact with him, and the players have spoken to Christian. This is great news. He is doing well, and they will play the match for him,” Peter Muller, director of the Danish Football Association, told local television.

“Moments like this reconsider everything in life,” UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin said.

In turn, the player’s agent Martin Scotts said: “I spoke to his father. Christian will be out of danger. He is awake and can talk.”

Eriksen is considered the weight of his country’s national team. He has long experience in the stadiums as a result of his defense of the colors of prestigious clubs, namely Ajax Amsterdam, Tottenham Hotspur, and Inter, Italy.

He is also considered one of the players who has played the most matches with his country since his debut in March 2010 when he was eighteen years old. He defended his colors in 108 matches, during which he scored 36 goals, and participated with him in the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010 and Russia 2018.

Denmark is scheduled to play its second match against Belgium on the 17th of this month and Russia on the 21st of it.

Denmark is participating for the ninth time in the continental championship, and won the title in 1992, when it was called at the last minute after the expulsion of Yugoslavia, mired in the Balkan war.

In the 2018 World Cup, the Danish team did not shine much, but it reached the price of the final, as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel exhausted the Croatian team and the runner-up until the penalty shootout.

Finnish surprise

In front of 16,000 spectators at the Parken Arena in Copenhagen, at 45% of its capacity, coach Kasper Hjolmand suddenly pushed FC Copenhagen striker Jonas Wind, 22, in the center of the attack, while Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona, ​​Spain) and Joseph Poulsen (Leipzig) played. on the wings.

Nice French striker Kasper Dolberg was left on the bench, in addition to Bologna’s Italian winger Andreas Skov Olsen.

In Finland, striker Teemu Pukki was included in coach Marco Kanerva’s squad, despite playing an orphan match since injuring his ankle at the end of his season with Norwich City.

Pukki, 31, scored thirty goals for his country, standing two goals away from the record of the historical player Jari Litmanen.

Captain Tim Sparf is also back, after recovering from a knee injury that has kept him since March.

Finland is entering its first major tournament after several failed attempts in qualifying. In her 21 visits to Denmark since 1949, she lost 18 times and tied 3 times, before her first victory on Saturday.

The Finnish team owes its victory to goalkeeper Lukasz Hradetsky, who saved a penalty a quarter of an hour before the end of the match and made several decisive saves.

The German goalkeeper, Leverkusen, who has great experience in Danish courts, saved three early balls against Wind, Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Eriksen (7, 15 and 18).

Denmark dominated until Eriksen fell ill, and continued in the same vein after the break.

But from a lightning attack, the first for Finland, the ball reached Yoel Pohianbalu, the German player of Union Berlin, who followed it header from close range in the net against Schmeichel (60).

Denmark breathed a sigh of relief after receiving a penalty kick after being pushed by Paulus Arayori on Joseph Poulsen. Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg offered it, but goalkeeper Hradetsky continued his brilliance and picked it up with his hands (73).

Despite the continued Danish dominance, Finland maintained its lead and achieved its first victory in a major tournament from its first attempt.


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