“Finnish fans chant ‘Christian’ and Danish fans shout ‘Eriksen’ to them.”
Football united at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday night, albeit under the most gruesome circumstances.
The embrace came after Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed on the pitch towards the end of the first half with CPR being administered to the former Tottenham man for an extended period.
Defibrillators were also used as fears about the player’s health grew.
Players from Denmark and Finland watched in amazement at the events unfolding in front of them, with the supporters present in tears.
In an elegant gesture, two huge Finnish flags were used to give Eriksen the privacy he deserved when he was taken off the pitch.
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It’s safe to say we all feared the worst given the gravity of the incident, but images have since emerged of the conscious and awake 29-year-old – much to the relief of the football fraternity.
The Danish federation also confirmed that he was “awake” after leaving the stadium.
Both groups of fans remained seated during the extended delay in stunning scenes of unity and support for Eriksen.
A video by journalist Michael Wagner showed Finnish fans chanting “Christian” and Danish fans shouting “Eriksen” at them.
Alex Crook, watching scenes from talkSPORT Towers, said at the time: “Nobody leaves early, not because they are hoping the game will continue, but surely because by the time they get back to their cars and start to return home, they want to hear positive news about Christian Eriksen.
Crooks added: “I got a message from someone who is medically trained and was told that a defibrillator gives you an 80 chance to bring someone who is young, fit and in good shape. health.
“And of course Christian Eriksen is all of that. CPR keeps the heart at a shocking rate, and speed is a key part of the chain of survival.
“This is something David Connolly has touched on before, the speed at which medical staff have realized the seriousness of the situation indicates positive signs.”
Meanwhile, agent Martin Schoots gave a positive update on Eriksen’s condition during an interview with Dutch radio station NOS Langs de Lijn.
“I don’t know much, but I know the good,” Schoots said. “I just spoke to his dad and he says he breathes and can talk.”
German broadcaster ZDF also said that Eriksen himself asked the Danish team to continue the game – which ended 1-0 against Finland.