This week the entire footballing world held their breath as we watched Christian Eriksen fight for his life on the football pitch. We would be remiss to not mention Denmark’s story, it has captivated the world’s football fans in a way normally reserved for international finals or the worst kind of tragedies.
In the first half of their opening Euro 2020 game against Finland, Eriksen collapsed on the field after going into apparent cardiac arrest. After the heroic actions of Denmark Captain Simon Kjær, who secured his neck, cleared his airways, and started CPR, the in stadium medical staff were able to save his life after performing CPR and using a defibrillator on the pitch (while the Denmark players formed a wall to protect Eriksen from the cameras). The latest reports have him in stable condition and in good spirits. He even facetimed his team shortly after the incident encouraging them to play on.
Despite his encouragement, Denmark was not able to get a result against Finland leaving them in a difficult spot to qualify for the knockout stages. Most are not giving them a chance to recover and qualify, given they are still to play powerhouse Belgium. However, the Danes are full of hardnosed players like Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Kasper Schmeichel, who will not allow their team to give up on the competition.
If you ask us, this might be something Denmark can rally around to get results against Belgium and Russia to possibly qualify as one of the best 3rd place teams. With their focus on Eriksen’s health, the team will have far less pressure, and fans from around the world will all be behind them. If we see them get a result against Belgium on Thursday, they will go into their last game against Russia as the ultimate Cinderella story.