The team doctor for Denmark stated Sunday that there was still “no explanation” for why midfielder Christian Eriksen fainted during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland, but that he had experienced cardiac arrest. At a news conference, team doctor Morten Boesen said, “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation.” “How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast,” Boesen added. However, the physician also said they had yet to discover the cause of the 29-year-old’s heart attack.
On Saturday, the Inter Milan player fainted in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B match against Finland, laying still while medical workers administered CPR. He has dragged off the field and brought to the hospital after lying on the field for nearly 15 minutes.
“There’s no explanation so far,” Boesen said, adding that all tests done so far on the player, who is still in hospital, have come back fine.
The game was initially halted while updates on Eriksen’s health were awaited, but it was resumed later that evening after reports that the player was in stable condition and conscious. Finland triumphed 1-0 in their inaugural match. The Danish squad was offered the option of continuing the game or postponing it, but head coach Kasper Hjulmand expressed sorrow at the decision on Sunday.