Denmark lost 1-0 to Finland in their Euro 2020 opener, but the result was totally irrelevant after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.
The game resumed after Eriksen was confirmed all was well, following a very painful save in which the midfielder needed CPR and a defibrillator.
The scenes of angst and desperation quickly turned into sheer relief as the 29-year-old was revealed to be out of danger, but football remained the farthest thing on everyone’s minds, Eriksen recovering in hospital.
Nevertheless, Denmark agreed to resume the game at 7:30 p.m., and with 49 minutes remaining and the score level 0-0.
What followed was indicative of a team distracted by their friend’s welfare, as Kasper Schmeichel made an unusual mistake in letting Joel Pohjanpalo score.
Finland refused to celebrate too much out of respect for the situation.
Denmark were lucky enough to recover a point when Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s effort was saved.
The defeat will hurt Denmark, but the game will not be remembered for them.