‘It was a traumatic experience’: Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand says some of his players are ’emotionally finished’ after they completed Euro 2020 clash against Finland just hours after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch
- Kasper Hjulmand says some of his Denmark players are ’emotionally finished’
- Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during game v Finland
- Eriksen was taken to hospital, where he is awake and in a stable condition
- The game was initially suspended before it was later played to a conclusion
- Hjulmand says he is proud of his players and that they looked after each other
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand revealed that some of his players are ‘completely emotionally finished’ after they finished their Euro 2020 clash with Finland just hours after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.
Eriksen received CPR and was taken to hospital, where he is awake and is in a stable condition but is undergoing further tests.
Hjulmand disclosed that Denmark were given the choice of finishing the game on Saturday night or at 12pm on Sunday, and they elected for the first option after receiving encouraging news regarding Eriksen.
Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand says some of his players are ’emotionally finished’ after Christian Eriksen collapsed
Denmark players were distraught after Eriksen collapsed during the game against Finland
The Denmark boss described the day’s events as ‘a traumatic experience’.
Finland won the game 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Joel Pohjanpalo, but the result seemed rather insignificant in light of the situaiton concerning Eriksen.
Hjulmand said: ‘It was a really tough evening, on which we’ve all been reminded what the most important things in life are. It’s meaningful relationships. It’s those people who are close to us. It’s family and friends.
‘Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.’
Hjulmand added that he is very proud of how his players were able to take care of each other
After Eriksen collapsed, Denmark players were left visibly distraught, with Hjulmand saying that they helped each other in the aftermath of the incident.
Hjulmand added: ‘I could not be more proud of this team, who take good care of each other.
‘There are players in there who are completely emotionally finished. Players who on another day could not have played this match. They are holding each other. It was a traumatic experience.’
‘We had two options – to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today. You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.’
Denmark’s remaining group stage fixtures are against Belgium on June 17 and Russia on June 21.