(Reuters) Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was rushed to hospital after collapsing during his side’s Euro 2020 opening match with Finland and being given CPR on the pitch on Saturday, with soccer officials later saying the player was stable and awake.
Eriksen collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in.
As a hush fell over the 16,000-strong crowd, his teammates gathered around him and one appeared to stick his fingers in Eriksen’s mouth to clear his airway or check he hadn’t swallowed his tongue.
As medics arrived on the scene and pumped Eriksen’s chest, his teammates formed a ring around him. Danish broadcaster DR cut the live TV feed, instead of showing aerial footage of the stadium.
The 29-year-old was taken to the nearby Rigshospitalet, where he regained consciousness.
“We have been in contact with him and the players have spoken to Christian,” said Peter Moller of the Danish Football Association.
Applause broke out in the Parken stadium among both Danish and Finnish fans when it was announced that Eriksen had regained consciousness.
“He is doing well and they are playing the match for Christian,” Moller said.