Eriksen ‘received life-saving cardiac massage’ on pitch says Denmark team doctor

Morten Boesen confirms midfielder talked to him before he was taken to hospital

Denmark players react as their teammate Christian Eriksen  receives medical assistance during the Euro 2020 game against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/Pool/EPA

Denmark players react as their teammate Christian Eriksen receives medical assistance during the Euro 2020 game against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/Pool/EPA

 

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen received life-saving cardiac massage treatment on the pitch after collapsing on Saturday in his side’s Euro 2020 opening match with Finland but was able to speak before being taken to hospital, team doctor Morten Boesen said.

Eriksen was surrounded by his team-mates while being treated on the pitch and then stretchered away. The game was eventually restarted an hour and 45 minutes later after news came through that he had regained consciousness.

“We were called onto the field when Christian collapsed. He was lying on his side when we approached him and there was respiration and pulse,” Boesen told a news conference after the game, which Finland won 1-0 with their only goal attempt of the match.

“But that picture changed and he then received life-saving cardiac massage. We quickly got help from the stadium doctor and we got Christian back,” he said.

“Christian spoke to me before he was taken to the hospital,” said Boesen.

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