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Eriksen’s First Public Words After Collapse

Christian Eriksen has sent his first public words since suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch during Denmark’s 1-0 defeat to Finland on Saturday.

The 29-year-old broke down in the 42nd minute of the game and had to receive CPR measures before being stabilised and brought to hospital.

“He was gone,” Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen revealed on Sunday, as per the Guardian

“We started the resuscitation and we managed to do it. How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast.”

On Monday, Eriksen’s first words since the incident were published.

“Thank you all, I won’t give up. I feel better now, but I want to understand what happened,” he told Gazetto dello Sport via his agent.

“I want to say thank you for what you did to me.”

His teammates, who had initially formed a human shield to protect his privacy while he was fighting for his life, continued the game around 90 minutes after the incident.

However, they lost 1-0 to Finland, with the latter picking up their first victory at a major tournament.

Football, though, turned into side chick on the day as Eriksen’s victory and return to life was the biggest victory on the day.

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