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The Euro 2020, after a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, began amid much fanfare on Friday. A day later, however, what transpired on the field left players, fans and millions watching on Television in tears as Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen all of a sudden collapsed on the pitch and was stretchered off after being administered CPR by the medical staff.
The horrific incident happened with just a few minutes left in the first-half whistle. Walking towards the touchline to receive a throw-in from his teammate, Erisken staggered and collapsed dramatically on the field, sparking immediate concerns.
The Danish players, the match referee Anthony Taylor, and even the opposition players acted on their feet and showed awareness to signal towards the bench for immediate medical help. Eriksen’s treatment on the ground went for a good 15-20 minutes or even more and his teammates formed a protective wall around him to prevent him from being clicked.
Sport has the power to turn the enemies into friends and a true example of this was visible when the Finland supporters gave their flags to shield Eriksen while he was being stretchered off the pitch, all the way into the tunnel.
With everyone in distress, the fans from both sides came together and chanted the player’s name. While the Finnish supporters chanted “Christian”, the Danish fans completed by shouting “Eriksen”, lifting up the entire atmosphere.
When the match finally resumed after a long break, Finland emerged victorious thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s solitary goal in the second half but the Finnish player, despite scoring arguably the biggest goal in his country’s history, didn’t celebrate as a sign of respect for Eriksen.
Start a chant of Eriksen after he’s been taken off the pitch.
Gift Finnish flags for cover when he gets taken off.
Score Finland’s first goal in a major tournament against a far superior opponent but choose not to celebrate out of respect.
Class from fans and players today. pic.twitter.com/6F9NJ75ezB
— Antti Korpela (@Antti_K_QPR) June 12, 2021
The unfortunate incident involving the Inter Milan midfielder brought the entire sporting community together, with everyone praying and wishing for his speedy recovery. As it turned out the initial medical help that he received on the ground along with the prayers of millions of fans across the globe would work wonders and Eriksen would be stabilised at the hospital and he would even tell his teammates to go and resume the game.
Parken hyllar Christian Eriksen. Finska fansen ropar ”Christian”, danska svarar ”Eriksen”. pic.twitter.com/mOFLq3gAqg
— Michael Wagner (@MicGWagner) June 12, 2021
All in all, the players from both sides, the match referee and the fans all played their part to perfection in re-establishing how beautiful the game of football and in times of crisis, things like rivalry go for a toss.
Prayers for Christian Eriksen
Finland fans gave their flags after Christian Eriksen collapsed during the match 🇫🇮
Wishing him speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/48HUmAOI1r
— Reymi (@ReymiSekhhon) June 12, 2021
The two pieces of clothes that were being used to give privacy to #Eriksen while he was being stretchered off were actually flags of Finland given by fans from the stand.️ Respect! pic.twitter.com/UG8EAd6ej1
— Jarno Saari (@SaariJarno) June 12, 2021
— Sarcastic_ Haryanavi (@Chaudharyamit40) June 13, 2021
FOOTBALL IS MORE THAN JUST A GAME
Speedy recovery, Eriksen. pic.twitter.com/zuHdiDpM1a
— R (@reiinharrt) June 13, 2021
Romelu Lukaku cried before the game because he was worried about his teammate Christian Eriksen.
Took the knee before the game.
Then went on to score two goals.
Dedicated the first to Eriksen. The second was pure class.
One of the best strikers in the world pic.twitter.com/Tc68IVKxaP
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) June 13, 2021