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Denmark’s Eriksen ‘awake, stable’ after collapse

In some cheering news, Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is said to be “awake” in hospital after collapsing in the Euro 2020 match against Finland.

Tournament organisers Uefa added that the 29-year-old Inter Milan player’s condition has “stabilised”.

The game in the Danish capital Copenhagen was suspended before half-time after the former Spurs playmaker fell to the ground and was given emergency treatment on the field. Finland won the Group B match 1-0 after it restarted at 19:30 BST.

Uefa said it agreed to restart the match “following the request made by players of both teams”.

Peter Moller of the Danish Football Association told Danmarks Radio: “We have been in contact with him [Eriksen] and the players have spoken to Christian. He is doing well and they are playing the match for Christian”.

Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand was in tears at the post-match news conference.

“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,” he said.

“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.”

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said: “Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.

“At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Russia 3-0 in the group’s other game, and the Inter Milan striker paid tribute to his teammate, saying into the camera: “ Chris, I love you”.

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