Football newbies Finland beat Denmark but match overshadowed by Eriksen collapse

Finland claimed a shock 1-0 Euro 2020 victory over Denmark in their first major tournament appearance on Saturday after the game was suspended when Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen needed emergency medical attention in the field. 29-year-old midfielder Eriksen collapsed towards the end of the first half and was given CPR by medics as his teammates formed a circle around him before he was whisked away on a stretcher and both teams leave the field.

The match was interrupted for an hour and 45 minutes, but resumed after the Danish Football Association announced that Eriksen was awake and stable in hospital and both groups of players told UEFA, European football governing body, which they wanted to continue. The players returned to the pitch and performed their warm-up drills for the second time, but the Danes were clearly affected by the trauma of Eriksen’s collapse, with some wiping away tears and many hugs exchanged.

The match resumed and the last five minutes of the first half have been played. Halftime was reduced to five minutes before play resumed, as was the Danish dominance of the game. The Finns appeared to suffer from stage fright in their first appearance in a major tournament final, dropping to five at the back to try and stifle Denmark’s complex passes and relying on winning free-kicks to get some of respite.

However, Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo popped up against the run of play to lead the winner on time with his side’s only attempt of the game before celebrating restrainedly on the side of the pitch where Eriksen had collapsed. Dane Yussuf Poulsen got a penalty after a light touch in the 73rd minute and midfielder Pierre Emil Hojbjerg stepped in to take the penalty, but Lucas Hradecky cleverly came down to save.

In total, the hosts had 22 efforts on goal but couldn’t make them count as Hradecky and his defense played heroically to keep them away until the final whistle. As the Danes exited the pitch in despondency, the Finnish players celebrated with their ecstatic fans, but ultimately it was a night where football didn’t matter with Eriksen being treated in a hospital about a mile away.

“Of course, it was difficult for us to get on the pitch, and I can only imagine how difficult it was for Denmark. A great victory for us, but what concerns us most is this. ‘This is Christian’s condition, “striker Pohjanpalo told Finnish channel YLE. .

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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