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Denmark’s Eriksen ‘awake’ in hospital after collapsing on pitch during Euro 2020 game

Denmark's players react and form a protective screen as paramedics attend to Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the pitch during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 12, 2021. (Friedemann Vogel / POOL / AFP)
Denmark's players react and form a protective screen as paramedics attend to Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the pitch during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 12, 2021. (Friedemann Vogel / POOL / AFP)

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen is “awake” in hospital after collapsing on the pitch in Denmark’s Euro 2020 game, the country’s football association says.

“Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further tests” at the hospital, the Danish Football Union said on Twitter, after the player was carried off the field after receiving CPR by medical personnel.

Eriksen collapsed in the first half of Denmark’s game against Finland in Copenhagen, causing the suspension of the match. (Update: The game was resumed some two hours later, after Eriksen was said by doctors to be in stable condition.)

Danish players were in tears as medical staff tried to revive the Inter Milan player, who suddenly collapsed near the touchline.

Paramedics carry Denmark’s Christian Eriksen from the pitch after he collapsed during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Friedemann Vogel/Pool via AP)

“The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency,” UEFA said in a short statement.

The previously raucous crowd at the Parken Stadium in the Danish capital fell silent after the 29-year-old fell to the ground near the end of the opening period, with his teammates gathering around him.

After around 15 minutes Eriksen was stretchered off the field followed by the rest of the Denmark team, while Finland’s players also left the pitch.

The fans in the stadium, who were celebrating the chance to see their national team again live at the stadium, sat silently in their seats waiting for news of Eriksen’s condition to filter through.

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