Denmark 0-1 Finland: Christian Eriksen’s collapse and the big question within - Euro 2020
|The Danes unite around Eriksen as he fights for life. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The sight was gory, fear gripping moment and shivers across Copenhagen, Delaney had his two hands on his head, Kasper Schmeichel assumed the therapist role as he tried to calm Eriksen’s wife by the pitch side, Simon Kjaer was an emergency cardiologist, in the end, Christian Eriksen is alive…
Whatever you believe, there’s an amount of gratefulness channeled towards that as pictures of Eriksen surfaced on the internet as he’s been wheeled to the hospital after collapsing on the pitch with just few minutes remaining on the clock for the first half to end.
Denmark were the host against Finland in their Euro 2020 match up, clear favorites and stronger on paper, with all the chances and none to Finland at the time, unchallenged and with no one near him, Eriksen went to ground and seemed to have gassed out…
English referee Anthony Taylor deserved lots of credits as he was quick to signal on the medical team, the moment was a scary one and at that time, we all feared the worst.
The player wasn’t moving, the disposition of the players suggest doom, but in all of that, they rallied and made sure they covered him up to block journalists from taking unpleasant pictures of him, everyone of them stood in the gap in prayer for their man, it was hard to watch but a joy to note in the end.
To be honest, these players have played so much recently, the timing of tournaments and extra games demand urgent attention; Eriksen was part of the victorious Inter Milan team that rescued power from Juventus, but like Arya Stark famously said… Not today!
After the lengthy delays, the game was restarted two and half hours later and Finland’s only shot on target beat Schmeichel and went in, Denmark lost but they gained a life as Eriksen was confirmed to be stable and kicking, he might never play football again but football won.
The show gave us an insight into a deep lesson, we can all unite, we can drop swords and show love, we can have a common aim, but one question to ask decision makers… When are these players going to rest?