The emotion subsides slowly. Everyone is telling themselves that the worst is over. Despite a significant heart attack occurring in the middle of the game, cardiac massage and the use of a defibrillator, Christian Eriksen survived. The first news is reassuring. He woke up and was even able to communicate. He squarely asked his teammates to finish the match against Finland, that is to say a full half, plus a few minutes. They were executed, but it is not without difficulty that the task must have been complicated to achieve.
Coach Kasper Hjulmand admitted that it had been difficult to find the resources to complete this game. He also praised the mental strength of his troops. “We went through hell. When one of us is lying there fighting for his life, it touches me and it affects the players. And I have to say that I have very, very rarely been so proud of some boys as now, everything they have done to come together, to play the second half is impressive. It’s a fantastic group that I’m just very proud of. ”
Everyone was thinking of Eriksen
“It was a really tough night, the kind of night where we were all reminded of the most important things in life. It’s family and friends ”, concluded the coach who ended his interview in tears. Christian Eriksen was symbolically elected man of the match and the defeat against Finland is ultimately incidental. “You can tell there was a big winner tonight and that’s Christian. He is fine”, assured Peter Moller the boss of the Danish federation.
Victorious, the Finns also suffered the events. They also cheered their opponents on their return from the locker room after these almost two hours of anguish where Eriksen was fighting for his life. “Of course it was difficult for us to get back on the pitch, and I can only imagine how difficult it was for Denmark. It’s a great victory for us, but the main one is Christian’s state of health ”, commented the goalscorer of the day, Joel Pohjanpalo.