‘We have the champions of the Euros: The Doctors.’ European papers react to Christian Eriksen’s collapse during Denmark’s game with Finland as they praise ‘miracle’ medics and captain Simon Kjaer for saving midfielder’s life
The European papers have been reacting to the news that Christian Eriksen in a stable condition after collapsing on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match with Finland.
The former Tottenham midfielder suddenly fell to the ground near the end of the first half and was given CPR by medics for 13 minutes before being taken to hospital. Eriksen was conscious as he left the ground and is understood to have spoken to his team-mates from his hospital bed.
Spanish newspaper Marca hailed the heroics of the medics who saved Eriksen’s life. Their headline read: ‘We have the champions of the Euros: The Doctors.’
European papers have been reacting to Christian Eriksen’s collapse during Denmark’s game with Finland at Euro 2020
Marca praised the heroics of the medics who saved Eriksen with the headline: We have the champions of the Euros: The Doctors.
In Italy, where Eriksen plays his club football for Inter Milan, Corriere dello Sport went with: ‘Miracle at the European Championship – Eriksen collapses on the pitch: saved by Kjaer’s intervention and by the defibrillator.’
Denmark’s captain Simon Kjaer played a heroic role in saving his team-mate by quickly clearing his airways and giving him CPR before the medics tookover.
Kjaer also instructed his other team-mates to form a barrier around Eriksen so he could have as much privacy as possible while he received treatment.
Italian paper Corriere dello Sport (left) went with ‘Miracle at the European Championship’ while Tuttosport (right) said: ‘Chris, we are with you!’
Leading French newspaper L’Equipe ran with: ‘A match for life’
The defender also comforted Eriksen’s wife, Sabrina Kvist, and embraced her as the terrifying scenes unfolded.
Elsewhere in Italy, Tuttosport led with: ‘Chris, we are with you!’
Eriksen’s Inter team-mate Romelu Lukaku dedicated his two goals in Belgium’s 3-0 win over Russia later on Saturday night.
The striker ran over to the TV cameras and shouted: ‘Chris, Chris, I love you’ before later paying tribute to the midfielder in his post-match interview.
Denmark’s game resumed at 7.30pm UK time after players had reportedly spoken to Eriksen and been ensured of his well-being.
In France, leading newspaper L’Equipe had the headline: ‘A match for life’ and commented on how the game was able to resume despite the events.
Portugese paper A Bola also insisted: ‘It will never be just a game’.
Joel Pohjanpalo’s 59th minute goal gave Finland a 1-0 victory in their first ever game at a major tournament while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg missed a penalty in the 74th minute.
Denmark are due to face Belgium on June 17 before playing Russia in their final group game on June 21.
Simon Kjaer was praised for his role in helping Eriksen and instructing the team to form a barrier around his team-mate so he could have privacy while he receieved treatment
Portuguese newspaper A Bola ran with the headline: ‘It will never be just a game’