The shock, the drama, the tears: how football star Christian Eriksen nearly died on the pitch

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Danish captain Simon Kjaer comforts Sabrina Kvist Jensen, the partner of Christian Eriksen, after the footballer collapsed on the pitch. (Photo: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)
Danish captain Simon Kjaer comforts Sabrina Kvist Jensen, the partner of Christian Eriksen, after the footballer collapsed on the pitch. (Photo: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

All major sports tournaments deliver moments of high drama but what happened on only the second day of Europe’s biggest football tournament was the kind of drama no one wanted to see.

A player in peak physical condition staggers in the 43rd minute of the first half in the Denmark vs Finland game during the highly anticipated Euro 2020 tournament.

Christian Eriksen (29) then collapses onto the pitch and some of his teammates rush up to him – including Simon Kjaer, who realises the severity of the situation and starts applying CPR.

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