Finnish striker Teemu Pukki said his first Euro 2020 game versus Denmark was one of the toughest games of his career after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field.
Danish footballer Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed in the 42nd minute of the game, interrupting the game for more than 90 minutes.
“I have to say it was definitely one of the toughest games of my career. Hopefully, everything will take a better direction now, said Pukki. We decided to do whatever the Danish team decided to do and we were ready to move on with any decision made. It was definitely not easy to get back on the pitch. But when we heard that everything seemed fine, we focused on the game again,” he added.
Christian Eriksen in secure condition
Eriksen has stabilized and the Danish Football Association said he was awake, UEFA said.
“Christian Eriksen is awake and will be subjected to further tests in the Rigshospitalet,” wrote the Danish association on Twitter. The director of the Danish Football Association, Peter Möller, said Eriksen received a “heart massage” during treatment on the field.
“He fell and received help and a heart massage in the field,” said Möller. “Luckily he was awake when he left the stadium,” he added.
However, the renowned national footballer described Eriksen as the “star of the game”.
On the other hand, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “Moments like this bring everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray that his family has strength and faith. Right now the football family’s unity is so strong and he and his family carry everyone’s good wishes and prayers with them. I heard from fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it wonderfully,” he added.
Mathias Jensen replaced Eriksen in the Danish lineup. Eriksen received urgent medical care for about 10 minutes on the pitch after a collapse towards the end of the first half. Then they took him on a stretcher.
UEFA later announced that the game had been suspended “due to a medical emergency”.