“Well, what should I say? He was gone. And we did cardiac resuscitation and it was cardiac arrest. How close were we? I don’t know,” said Morten Boesen.
“We took him back after a ‘D-fib’, so it’s pretty quick,” said the team doctor, referring to the defibrillator used to revive Ericsson. “Details… I’m not a cardiologist, so the details of what happened and I’ll leave to the experts next.”
The match was suspended after prolonged efforts by medical staff to revive Ericsson with CPR and a defibrillator.
UEFA later announced that the match would resume. When the match resumed, Finland won 1–0 thanks to a 59th-minute goal from Joel Pohjanpalo.
The Danish FA also said in Sunday’s statement, “We would like to thank everyone from the fans, players, royal families of both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs and more for the warm congratulations to Christian Eriksson.”
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmund said Ericsson wanted his teammates to play and was more concerned with his teammates and his family.
The 29-year-old midfielder currently plays club football for Inter Milan, moving to Serie A in 2020 after seven years with Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.
Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said Ericsson had never had COVID-19 and had never been vaccinated.
The Danish talisman, who has over 100 caps for his country, came up through the youth ranks at Ajax and began his professional career with the Dutch club.
Denmark’s next match will be on Thursday against Belgium. Hazulmand said that he would try to bring the team back to normal on Monday.
‘Christian Eriksson, I love you’
After his fall, Ericsson’s Danish teammates built a wall around him to protect the Inter Milan star from seeing him during treatment. Players from both teams, as well as fans in the stadium, were apparently distressed as Ericsson was being attended to by medics.
In the second match of Group B, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Belgium over Russia and ran to the camera to send a message of support to his Inter teammate. “Chris, Chris, Starkte Jongen (Dutch for ‘Wish you strength/all the best’). I love you!” he said.
Lukaku, who scored his second goal late in the game, told reporters in his post-match interview that he “cried a lot” and was “scared” when he first heard the news of Ericsson’s collapse.
“I spend more time with him than with my family, so my thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids and his family,” he said.
“Stay strong friends,” said Kane, who will play in his first game of Euro 2020 on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday’s incident is reminiscent of the fall of Fabrice Mumba in 2012, when the footballer suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup match against Tottenham. Mumba eventually recovered but had to cut short his playing career.
“Please god,” tweeted Mumba after Ericsson’s downfall.
“All our thoughts are with Christian Eriksson and his family,” tweeted Ericsson’s former club Tottenham, while his Inter Milan teammate Ashley Young wrote: “Please bro.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to the doctors running on the pitch to help Ericsson and referee Anthony Taylor, who immediately stopped play.
“Exciting news about Christian Eriksson, we’re all thinking of him and his family. So much sober to the medical team and Anthony Taylor for his calm and swift action,” said a tweet from the Royals’ official Twitter account Gone, “W.”
Mattias Graze and Nada Bashir contributed to this report.