Copenhagen (AFP) – With a goal by Joel Bohjanpalo and a penalty saved by Lukas Hradecky, Finland beat Denmark 1-0 on Saturday in a European Championship match after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field.
The match was suspended for 90 minutes after Eriksen needed emergency medical treatment at the end of the first half. They took him to hospital, where he was awake and stable, according to the Danish Football Association.
The match resumed and Pohjanpalo put Finland ahead in the 60th minute when he jumped past Joachim Mahle to hit a cross from Jerry Oronen into the net. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel reached the ball but was unable to block it.
Denmark dominated the game most of the time and got a penalty when Josef Poulsen went down in a match with Paulos Araguri in the 74th minute. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg weakly executed him and Hradiki threw himself to his left to restrain him.
Eriksen’s medical emergency overshadowed Finland’s debut in a continental tournament and the greatest victory in their football history.
The player received medical treatment on the field for 10 minutes until he was carried away on a stretcher. The two teams decided to continue the match when it became clear that Eriksen was stable.
The match corresponds to the second set of the preliminary stage, of which Belgium and Russia are also a part, which then faced each other.
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