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Christian Eriksen "had died" before resuscitation, doctor says


Denmark national team doctor Morten Boesen said Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the game against Finland.

UEFA: Christian Eriksen stabilized 0:58

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Christian Eriksen "had died" before being revived from cardiac arrest, the Denmark team doctor said at a news conference Sunday.

The Danish footballer collapsed on the pitch during his team's Euro 2020 opening match against Finland.

Well, what should I say?

He had died.

We did a cardiac resuscitation and it was cardiac arrest.

How close were we?

I don't know, ”said Dr. Morten Boesen.

"We got it back after 'defibrillation' so it's pretty quick," added the team doctor, referring to the defibrillator used to revive Eriksen.

"The details… I am not a cardiologist, so the details about what happened and what will come next I will leave to the experts."

Eriksen sent a greeting to his teammates from the Danish national team from the hospital where he is recovering after falling on the field shortly before halftime.


“This morning we spoke with Christian Eriksen, who sent greetings to his teammates.

His health is stable and he continues to be hospitalized for a future check-up, ”the Danish Football Union (DBU) reported this Sunday.

The match was called off after lengthy efforts by medical staff to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and the defibrillator.

UEFA later announced that the match would resume.

When this happened, Finland won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Joel Pohjanpalo in the 59th minute.

"We would like to thank everyone for the sincere greetings to Christian Eriksen from the fans, the players, the Royal Families of both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs, etc.," DBU said in a statement. this Sunday.

Christian Eriksen after being resuscitated with CPR and the defibrillator.

Credit: AFP via Getty Images

More concerned about his team and family

Denmark's technical director Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen wanted his teammates to play and was more concerned about his team and his family.

The 29-year-old midfielder currently plays for Inter Milan, arriving in 2020 after seven years at Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

"The important thing is that he is well, but there had never been any episode that, even remotely, had hinted at a problem (of the heart), not when he was at Tottenham, or at Inter.

In Italy, the controls are very rigorous, ”Inter Milan doctor Piero Volpi told

Gazzetta dello Sport

on Sunday


Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta said Eriksen has never had COVID-19 and has not been vaccinated.

“We do not want to be intrusive because it is right for the player to be calm.

He is a champion, ”Marotta told Italian television channel

Rai Sport

, according to Reuters.

The Dane, who has made more than 100 appearances for his country's national team, went through the lower ranks of Ajax and began his professional career at said Dutch club.

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Finnish midfielder Glen Kamara vies with Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B soccer match between Denmark and Finland at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium on June 12, 2021 (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / Multiple Sources / AFP via Getty Images).

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Doctors treat Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen after he collapsed during a throw-in, shortly before the end of the first half.

(Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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Andreas Christensen of Denmark is concerned about his teammate Christian Eriksen receiving medical treatment (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay - Pool / Getty Images)

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Finland's players react after Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field during the soccer game (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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Denmark's players gather around the midfielder as he is treated by medical staff.

(HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP Photo via Getty Images)

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The Denmark team maintains a barrier around Eriksen, while showing great concern for their teammate.

(Photo by WOLFGANG RATTAY / POOL / AFP via Getty Images).

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Joona Toivio from Finland along with the rest of the team show their distress as Eriksen is treated by medical staff.

(Photo by Friedemann Vogel - Pool / Getty Images)

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Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel comforts Sabrina Kvist Jensen, partner of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

(Photo by Friedemann Vogel / Various Sources / AFP via Getty Images)

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Fans are also reacting to the collapse of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

(Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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The stadium experienced moments of anguish while the midfielder was treated.

(Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

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Denmark's players escort the midfielder and he is taken to hospital for tests.

(Photo by Friedemann Vogel /).

various sources / AFP) (Photo by FRIEDEMANN VOGEL / AFP via Getty Images)

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The Danish federation assured that Christian Eriksen was awake and his condition is stable.

Credit: AFP via Getty Images

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After confirming his health status, UEFA announced that at the request of the players of both teams, the match between Denmark and Finland will be restarted.

(Photo by Martin Meissner - Pool / Getty Images)

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"Christian Eriksen, I love you": Lukaku's message

After he collapsed, Eriksen's teammates formed a wall around him to protect the Inter Milan star from stares as he received resuscitation.

The players of both teams, as well as the fans present in the stadium, were visibly distressed as Eriksen was treated by the doctors.

In the other Group B match, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Belgium against Russia and ran towards the camera to send a message of support to his Inter teammate.

"Chris, Chris, sterkte jongen (in Dutch it means" I wish you strength / all the best ").

I love you, "he said.

Lukaku, who scored a second goal late in the game, told reporters in his post-match interview that he "cried a lot" and "freaked out" when he heard the news of Eriksen's collapse.

"I spend more time with him than with my family, so my thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two children and his family," he added.

  • Christian Eriksen sends a message from the hospital to his teammates in Denmark after collapsing in a Eurocopa match

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son

In Goyang, South Korea, Eriksen's former teammate Heung-Min Son scored a goal in his team's victory against Lebanon (2-1) in a World Cup qualifying match, shouting 'Christian Eriksen , I love you, "according to a tweet from his club, Tottenham.

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Heung-Min Son dedicated his winning goal to Christian Eriksen in South Korea's # WCQ2022 victory over Lebanon.


- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 13, 2021

Other messages of goodwill from around the world flooded social media.

Harry Kane, the England captain and Eriksen's former teammate, sent his love to the Dane and his family in a tweet on Saturday.

"Stay strong mate," said Kane, who played his first match at Euro 2020 on Sunday.


I'm sending all my love to you and your family.

Stay strong mate.


- Harry Kane (@HKane) June 12, 2021

"Please God"

Saturday's incident was reminiscent of Fabrice Muamba's collapse in 2012, after the footballer suffered cardiac arrest during Bolton's FA Cup match against Tottenham.

Muamba eventually recovered, but had to interrupt his career as a footballer.

"Please God," Muamba tweeted after Eriksen's collapse.

"All our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family," Eriksen's former club Tottenham tweeted, while his Inter Milan teammate Ashley Young wrote: "PLEASE BROTHER PLEASE".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to the doctors who rushed onto the field to help Eriksen, and to referee Anthony Taylor, who stopped the match immediately.

“Encouraging news about Christian Eriksen, we are all thinking about him and his family.

Well done to the medical team and to Anthony Taylor for his calm and quick action, "read a tweet from the Dukes' official Twitter account, signed" W ".

Matias Grez and Nada Bashir contributed to this report.

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Source: cnnespanol

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