Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen was said to be in stable condition at a hospital after he received CPR on the pitch following his sudden collapse while playing for Denmark's national team in the UEFA 2020 tournament on Saturday.
Eriksen's devastated teammates locked arms around him to form a barrier while trainers tended to the stricken soccer star on the pitch at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. He stumbled to the turf in roughly the 42nd minute after briefly appearing to be in distress, prompting his teammates to signal for assistance and the immediate suspension of the game.
Eriksen, a 29-year-old midfielder, appeared to be conscious and was seen raising his hand and holding an oxygen mask to his face when he was carted off the field, a promising sign given the scene that had unfolded moments earlier.
Eriksen's agent told a Dutch radio station that his family indicated he was speaking and "out of danger," Yahoo Sports reported. His girlfriend was present at the game, and came onto the field where she was consoled by a few of his teammates. It was unclear what caused the apparent medical episode.
The game resumed about two hours later at the request of the players, after his teammates had communicated with him while he was in the hospital, Reuters reported. Finland scored the game's only goal in the second half, winning 1-0.