Kasper Hjulmand has admitted that Denmark have been “flawed” to restart their Euro 2020 match in opposition to Finland on the identical day after Christian Eriksen’s collapse.
Eriksen dropped to the turf and stopped respiration within the first half of the Group B encounter, which initially kicked off at 17:00 on Saturday in Copenhagen.
The 29-year-old ultimately regained consciousness after receiving on-field CPR earlier than being despatched to hospital, with each units of gamers subsequently giving the inexperienced gentle to renew the match at 19:30 moderately than wait till 12:00 on Sunday.
What’s been stated?
Denmark went on to lose 1-0 courtesy of Joel Pohjanpalo’s 59th-minute header for Finland, who have been making their first look on the European Championship.
Hjulmand put the defeat all the way down to his aspect being “emotionally exhausted” and has now expressed remorse over their collective determination to play on lower than two hours after seeing Eriksen combat for his life on the pitch.
“I believe it was the flawed determination to make between the 2 situations,” the Denmark boss advised a press convention. “It was very robust for the gamers. They did not even know if they might most likely lose their greatest pal.
“I’ve the sensation that we should not have performed and flawed that the gamers needed to resolve. I am actually pleased with the way in which the world reacted to this incident.
“It is typically about cash, however yesterday we noticed what soccer is all about: compassion and love.”
What did Denmark’s group physician say?
Denmark’s group physician Morten Boesen additionally spoke to the media on Sunday, having been the one who gave Eriksen emergency remedy at Parken Stadium, however was unable to clarify what brought about the midfielder to black out.
“We do not have a proof, so I am unable to reply the query,” he stated. “I solely noticed it afterwards, so that you guys noticed the identical as me.”
Requested by the BBC how shut they got here to dropping the Inter star, Boesen responded: “How shut we have been? I do not know. We acquired him again fairly quick. I am not a heart specialist so I am going to depart the evaluation to consultants.”
Hjulmand’s conversations with Eriksen
Hjulmand additionally revealed what Eriksen stated to him after they spoke over the telephone after he was declared to be in a secure situation in hospital.
He stated that the Danish playmaker, who will stay hospitalised in the interim to endure extra checks, had little or no recollection of the incident and was extra fearful about his team-mates and household than his personal wellbeing.
“He was involved about us and the household,” Hjulmand stated. “He did not keep in mind a lot and was extra involved about how the group felt. That reveals his huge character.
“He’s a hell of a participant but in addition as an individual. He appears like he might exit and play and he feels greatest when his ft are near the ball. It was good to see him smile.”