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Quick-thinking Denmark captain Simon Kjaer has been hailed as a hero by football fans around the world after his incredible response to the terrifying incident involving teammate, Christian Eriksen.
The football world was left shocked and devastated after Eriksen collapsed and had to be revived on the field by medics during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 match with Finland in Copenhagen.
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The opening match of Group B was halted for more than 90 minutes after the scary incident with Eriksen, that left viewers onlookers in a state of distress.
However, Danish captain Kjaer has been praised for his leadership in the face of such traumatic adversity, and for the actions that could have saved his teammates life.
Kjaer rushed to Eriksen's aid and turned him on his side, making sure his neck wasn't compromised and his airways were clear, before administering CPR as the players waited for medical staff to get onto the ground.
He was also seen consoling Eriksen's grief-stricken partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen, who came down to the pitch in tears due to the distressing events that had unfolded.
Kjaer also instructed his players to join together in forming a shield around Eriksen to protect his privacy and make sure cameras weren't intruding as the medical team attended to him.
The football world was quick to commend the Danish captain for his incredible response to the horror incident.
I’m not showing any part of Christian Eriksen in this video but what I did want to shown is Simon Kjaer immediately treating him and potentially saving Christian’s life 👏❤️ Hero pic.twitter.com/Qspg8j6ZTX
— Mason (@MasonLFC_) June 12, 2021
When Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, Kjær was first to help him and summon the medical team to quickly get onto the pitch. After, he guided his teammates to cover Eriksen while he received medical treatment and consoled Eriksen's wife Sabrina.
Nothing but respect. ❤️🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/GrY8oCXc4D
— 433 (@433) June 12, 2021
I hate that the cameras were still rolling, but Simon Kjaer is an incredible human being. We all saw how he responded, even though we shouldn't have.
— Josh Parish (@joshparish_) June 12, 2021
Captain and hero: Simon Kjaer.
Before the medics got there he secured his neck, cleared the airways and started CPR. Could have saved #Eriksen’s life. Act of heroism.
Kjaer trying to keep also Cristian’s wife strong, is very emotional.
What a man. 💪
So proud of you 🙏♥️ pic.twitter.com/eOFOMksODe
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) June 12, 2021
Denmark national team captain Simon Kjaer gave first aid to his friend before the medical team arrived. And made sure he didn't swallow his tongue. Then he calmly comforted #Eriksen's wife
Real Captain..#EURO2020 #DEN #Eriksen pic.twitter.com/XzySTTdWqN
— Erolbora9#EURO2020 (@Erolbora91) June 12, 2021
— Ginny Weasley👑 (@QueenSlythindor) June 12, 2021
Simon Kjaer should be voted player of the tournament.
By all accounts he placed Eriksen into the recovery position, cleared his airways, prevented him swallowing his tongue, started CPR before medics arrived and then comforted his wife.
What an absolute hero 🙌 pic.twitter.com/RMjOgTFOP3
— James Armstrong 💙 (@MaintainSJP) June 12, 2021
— fir (@fiedo_diedo) June 12, 2021
Danish star awake and stable in hospital
Eriksen was eventually carried off the field at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after having lengthy treatment and a photo showed him apparently holding his head as he laid on the stretcher.
The Danish Football Union (DBU) said the Inter Milan player was awake and had been able to speak to teammates.
DBU director Peter Moeller told Danmarks Radio (DR): "We've been in contact with him, and the players have spoken to Christian. That's the great news. He's doing fine, and they are playing the game for him."
After Eriksen was carried off, a crisis meeting was held with both teams and match officials over whether to restart the game and the players resumed the game at 8:30pm local time, finishing the final minutes of the first half.
The match was poised at 0-0 at half-time.
The fans in the stadium, who were celebrating the chance to see their national team again live at the stadium, sat silently in their seats waiting for news of Eriksen's condition.
However soon after stadium-wide chants of "Christian" and "Eriksen" from both sets of supporters began to ring out as news of his status began to filter through to supporters.
— Douglas MacDonald (@dmac5dmark2) June 13, 2021
They were brought to their feet when stadium announcers said that Eriksen was "stable", and the ground rose as one when to was announced that the teams would come out to finish the match.
A huddle among Finland's players were loudly applauded by all four sides of the stadium before both teams began their warm ups before restarting the match.
Denmark dominated the match before and after the traumatic incident, but Finland striker Joel Pohjanpalo headed home the winner on the hour with his side's only attempt of the game.
The hosts had 22 efforts but could not make them count, including a tame penalty from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg that was saved by Lukas Hradecky with 16 minutes remaining.
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