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Schmeichel after visiting Eriksen: It was great to see him and talk to him


Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel confirmed today, Monday, that he visited his colleague Christian Eriksen in the hospital yesterday, after he passed out during the Denmark-Finland match at the European Nations Cup Euro 2020.


"It was great to see him and talk to him," Schmeichel said in a press conference, the first for Denmark players after the dramatic incident that caused the match to be suspended for more than an hour and a half.


He added, "I have a feeling of pride, I don't know if the words express it well, but I feel happy and grateful for the work of our doctors and physical trainers, and while the whole world was looking at them, they were completely calm, it is a miracle that we have people like them."


Schmeichel ran out of his net after watching Eriksen collapse on the pitch, and, accompanied by captain Simon Kejer, calmed Eriksen's wife, Sabrina, who jumped onto the pitch while doctors were trying to revive the player's heart.


"I knew that his wife, children, parents, family and friends were among the audience, and I was looking for them," Schmeichel added. "It was an inhumane situation."


Schmeichel criticized UEFA's decision to offer them only two options, once it was confirmed that Eriksen was in better shape, to either resume the match on Saturday itself or wait until noon the following day.


"They put us in a situation that I feel they shouldn't have put us in," he said. "The situation required a higher person to say it was not the time to make a decision."


The Leicester City goalkeeper was extremely grateful for the support and sympathy he has received from the fans these days, and pledged to give "everything" for the remainder of the tournament.


It is noteworthy that the meeting ended with Finland winning 1-0, scored by Joel Bohjanpalo in the 59th minute, and Denmark had the opportunity to equalize through a penalty kick, but Pierre-Emile Hojberg missed it.

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