The Euro 2020 game between Denmark and Finland resumed on Saturday, nearly two hours after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed in the first half of the match.
The star midfielder was walking alone along the sidelines around the 42nd minute when he appeared to trip and then fell forward. His teammates urged trainers to come to his rescue.
Eriksen’s teammates then formed a ring around him as medics performed CPR.
Players from both teams were in tears as the stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, fell silent, NBC Sports reported.
“Please God,” wrote Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder who collapsed after suffering cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match in 2012, in a tweet.
Eriksen, 29, was taken off the field on a stretcher after requiring medical attention for about 10 minutes. He was then taken to a hospital, where he is stable, according to the Union of European Football Associations.
Eriksen is awake, according to Denmark football governing body. However, further investigations will be conducted, officials said.
The match was canceled due to the medical emergency, but UEFA”agreed to resume the match” after receiving requests from players from both teams.
UEFA President Leksander eferin said in a statement that “moments like these put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray that his family has strength and faith.”
“In these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I have heard fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully, ” he added.