As a symbol, it was he who was elected man of the match by FIFA after Denmark – Finland. The Danish Christian Eriksen, victim of a cardiac arrest at the end of the first half during the match between two teams present in the group of Belgium, was put in the spotlight despite himself during the first meeting of the Euro of his nation. The 29-year-old footballer arrived in this competition with full confidence after an Italian league title won with his club Inter Milan.
Holder 17 times and scorer of three goals for the Nerazzurri, Romelu Lukaku’s teammate had yet struggled to settle into Antonio Conte’s team before becoming an essential pawn during the second part of the season. Lively, elegant and technical, the Dane had joined the Boot from Tottenham where he stayed from 2013 to 2020. During these seven years spent in the club in the north of London, Christian Eriksen was one of the architects of the rapid development experienced by Spurs in recent seasons. If he has become essential in all the clubs he has been through, the player trained at Ajax Amsterdam, where he crossed paths with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, is even more so in the Danish national team. A team he joined in March 2010, at only 18 years old. Since that date, Eriksen has chained matches (109 caps) and goals (36 goals) until becoming the second top scorer in the country, with a tiny goal behind Michael Laudrup, the best Danish footballer in history. A goal that he would have wanted to register during this Euro stopped suddenly in the 43rd minute of the meeting on Saturday.
Beaten by Finland (0-1), the Danes will have to fight hard to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, without their star. A goal that now seems illusory after the cardiac arrest of Eriksen, who was this Sunday in stable condition in the hospital.