Players and football fans alike are taking to social media to send their wishes for the Danish midfielder’s recovery after his collapse in the Euro 2020 game.
Shocked football players and fans flooded social media to send greetings to Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the ground during his country’s Euro 2020 game against Finland.
The 29-year-old suddenly fell to the ground in the 42nd minute of Saturday’s game as he ran near the left sideline at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. He was resuscitated by medical staff and then taken to hospital.
UEFA, the tournament’s governing body, said Eriksen was “in stable condition”, while the Danish soccer federation said he was awake. The match resumed at 6.30 p.m. GMT.
Earlier, the dramatic scenes had brought an instant sense of shock to the stadium, where around 15,000 fans fell into muffled silence. Some supporters could be seen crying and kissing in the stands, before chants of Eriksen’s name filled Parken by fans of both teams.
A huge roar then arose from all the supporters when the stadium announcers said in an on-screen video statement that Eriksen was “stable and awake”.
This is without a doubt the video of the day. The Finnish fans chanted “Christian” and the Danes chanted “Eriksen”.
It’s absolutely awesome. Beautiful scenes. pic.twitter.com/PtapEaN7Uk
– FootballBible (@FootbolBible) June 12, 2021
Later on Saturday, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored a goal as his country faced Russia and celebrated by running straight to a TV camera and saying “I love you” to Eriksen. Both are teammates of Italian club Inter Milan.
– CE cotton 🇩🇰 (@JambaeSports) June 12, 2021
The incident involving Eriksen sparked a surge of support for the player on social media, with current and former footballers sending prayers for his recovery.
Fight for your life #eriksen we pray for you
– Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) June 12, 2021
Prayers with Christian Eriksen and his family Please be fine
– Matty Cash (@ mattycash622) June 12, 2021
My prayers go to 🇩🇰💔🙏🏼
– Jadon Sancho (@ Sanchooo10) June 12, 2021
Fabrice Muamba, who also collapsed on the pitch in 2012 at White Hart Lane while playing for Bolton against Tottenham, said on Twitter “Please God”.
– Fabrice Muamba (@ fmuamba6) June 12, 2021
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Eriksen and his family,” Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo said on Instagram. “The football world stands together in the hope of good news. I look forward to seeing you on the field soon, Chris! Stay strong!”
Eriksen’s Inter Milan teammate Lautaro Martinez also wrote: “Come on Chris! Please Chris, ”while the club posted on Twitter,“ Forza Chris, all our thoughts are with you! ”
Forza Chris, all our thoughts are with you! 🙏
– Inter 🏆🇮🇹 (@Inter_en) June 12, 2021
Inter Milan teammate and Moroccan football star Achraf Hakimi simply tweeted “Eriksen please”.
Eriksen please 🙏🏾💔😭 pic.twitter.com/tMCfU19rX3
– achrafhakimi (@AchrafHakimi) June 12, 2021
Tottenham, for whom Eriksen has made 305 appearances over seven years from 2013, said: “All our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family.”
Our hearts go out to Christian Eriksen and his family. 🤍
– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 12, 2021
The Canadian national team also sent their best wishes to Eriksen and his family.
The hearts of everyone at Canada Soccer are with Christian Eriksen, his family, his teammates and everyone in the Danish and extended football family.
– Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerFR) June 12, 2021
Mesut Ozil, attacking midfielder for Turkish club Fenerbahce, expressed his shock and said: “We are all with you.”
Shocked. We are all with you, Christian Eriksen ❤️🇩🇰 Please be fine. 🙏🏼
– Mesut zil (@ MesutOzil1088) June 12, 2021