DENMARK manager Kasper Hjulmand said some of his players were ’emotionally finished’ after Christian Eriksen’s collapse.
Danish players looked distraught after seeing the Inter Milan playmaker’s fall during the Euros match against Finland on Saturday.
Kasper Hjulmand was emotional in his post-match press conference[/caption]
The Denmark manager hugs goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel[/caption]
Medical staff raced onto the pitch to give emergency treatment to the Inter Milan ace as his team-mates formed a protective shield around him.
Denmark’s captain Simon Kjaer was hailed as a “hero” after placing Eriksen in the recovery position while unconscious and giving CPR to his friend before medics arrived.
Eriksen was seen conscious and sitting up on a stretcher while receiving oxygen as he was taken from the pitch just after 6pm.
It was reported that he had a Facetime call with his Denmark team-mates and asked them to play the remainder of the match as “he feels better now”.
Denmark players returned to the pitch at 7.30pm to restart their match against Finland – which they lost 1-0.
And Denmark manager Hjulmand held back the tears in his post-match press conference while talking about the ‘traumatic experience’.
He said in his post-match press 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.
Christian Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s Euros opener against Finland[/caption]
“Everything, everything, everything – all thoughts are with Christian and his family.
“I could not be more proud of this team, who take good care of each other.
“There are players in there who are completely emotionally finished. Players who on another day could not have played this match. They are holding each other. It was a traumatic experience.”
The shocking scenes happened towards the end of the first half of the teams’ opening Group B match, with Eriksen receiving 13 minutes of medical treatment.
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Following the distressing incident the match was abandoned, but was restarted at 7.30PM (GMT), with Finland winning 1-0.
Hjulmand added: “We had two options – to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today.
“You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.”