Kasper Hjulmand admitted that Denmark were “wrong” to resume their Euro 2020 game against Finland on the same day after Christian Eriksen collapsed.
Eriksen fell to the grass and stopped breathing in the first half of the Group B meeting, which started at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday in Copenhagen.
The 29-year-old eventually regained consciousness after receiving CPR on the pitch before being sent to hospital, with both groups of players then given the go-ahead to resume the game at 7:30 p.m. rather than wait until ‘at 12 p.m. Sunday.
What was said?
Denmark then lost 1-0 thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s 59th-minute header for Finland, who were making their first European Championship appearance.
Hjulmand said his team were “emotionally exhausted” and have now expressed regret over their collective decision to play less than two hours after watching Eriksen fight for his life on the pitch.
“I think it was the wrong decision to take between the two scenarios,” the Denmark boss said at a press conference. “It was very difficult for the players. They didn’t even know if they could possibly lose their best friend.
“I have the feeling that we shouldn’t have played and that the players had to decide. I’m really proud of the way the world reacted to this incident.
“It is often a question of money, but yesterday we saw what football is: compassion and love.”
What did the Danish team doctor say?
Danish team doctor Morten Boesen also spoke to the media on Sunday, having been the one who treated Eriksen urgently at Parken Stadium, but was unable to explain what happened. caused the loss of consciousness of the midfielder.
“We don’t have an explanation, so I can’t answer the question,” he said. “I only saw him afterwards, so you saw the same as me.”
Asked by the BBC how close they were to losing the Inter star, Boesen replied: “How close we were? I don’t know. We got him back pretty quickly. I’m not a cardiologist, so I will leave the analysis to experts. “
Hjulmand’s conversations with Eriksen
Hjulmand also revealed what Eriksen told him during their phone conversation after he was declared in stable condition in hospital.
He said the Danish playmaker, who will remain hospitalized for the time being to undergo further testing, remembers very little of the incident and was more concerned for his teammates and family than for his own well-being.
“He was worried about us and the family,” Hjulmand said. “He didn’t remember much and was more concerned with how the team was feeling. It shows his great personality.
“He’s a hell of a player but also as a person. He feels like he can come out and play and he feels better when his feet are near the ball. It was good to see him smile.”