Denmark, the favourites of the yesterday’s game, suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of debutants Finland in an entertaining game which was not short of depressions as Danish Christian Eriksen collapsed, requiring emergency medical treatment on the pitch.
The match was suspended after Eriksen collapsed towards the end of the first half and was given CPR by medics as his team-mates formed a ring around him, before he was carried off on a stretcher and both teams left the pitch.
Many were in tears, with English referee Anthony Taylor halting the game as cameras cut away
The game was stopped for one hour and 45 minutes but resumed after the Danish Football Association announced that Eriksen was awake and stable in hospital and both sets of players told soccer’s European governing body Uefa they wanted to continue.
Denmark dominated the match before and after the traumatic incident, but Finland striker Joel Pohjanpalo headed home the winner past Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on the hour with his side’s only attempt of the game.
The hosts had 22 efforts but could not make them count, including a tame penalty from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg that was saved by Lukas Hradecky with 16 minutes remaining.