As Christian Eriksen was being stretchered off, Finland supporters gave the players and medical staff two Finnish flags to help shield the Inter Milan midfielder from cameras.

Medical staff used Finnish flags to shield Christian Eriksen from cameras.© AFP

In times of crisis, sports brings even rivals together and this was exemplified in the Euro 2020 Group B match between Denmark and Finland when Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed on the pitch. Eriksen collapsed during the first half of the match, sparking immediate concerns. Eriksen was stretchered off the pitch after being administered CPR. Before he was stretchered off, Denmark players formed a protective shield around Eriksen to prevent him from being photographed. As he was being stretchered off, Finland supporters gave the Danish players and medical staff two Finnish flags to help shield the Inter Milan midfielder till the tunnel.

The move won hearts of football fans, with several taking to Twitter to laud the gesture.

Stadium-wide chants of “Christian” and “Eriksen” also erupted from both sets of supporters as they waited while the game was suspended.

“Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further tests” at the hospital, the Danish federation said on Twitter as the fans waited.

UEFA said Eriksen had been “stabilised” after the match was suspended in the first half.

Play eventually resumed, and Finland ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a second-half winner from Joel Pohjanpalo.

The match, which had kicked off at 1800 local time (1600 GMT), resumed two-and-a-half hours later in front of a passionate crowd at the Parken Stadium.

The two teams played out an uneventful final few minutes of the first half after both sets of players returned to the pitch with several Danish players in tears.

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