Denmark boss explains his side’s decision to continue the Finland game
Following the game’s suspension due to Christian Eriksen’s collapse, the national team decided to continue their Group B clash against Finland.
’s match against their Nordic neighbors on Sunday was suspended in the first half whenChristian Eriksen
suddenly dropped to the ground. TheInter
midfielder was quickly taken to hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Denmark decided to continue the match after they received the good news about the 29-year-old’s health. The team's manager
explained his side’s decision after their eventual 1-0 defeat in the game.
"We had two options, to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm," an emotional Hjulmand told a post-match press conference.
"Everyone agreed to play the game.
"You can't play a game with such feelings, [but] there were no players who could manage to go home, sleep and get up again [after what happened].
"We tried to win. It was incredible to go out and try to play that second half. Honestly, we had players out there that were completely done, emotionally done and emotionally exhausted."
The coach praised his players, who showed support for Eriksen during the medical stoppage.
"We have a group of players that I cannot praise enough,"
"I couldn't be prouder of those people who took such good care of each other.
"The way the players talked in the dressing room, to decide to not do anything before we knew Christian was conscious [is worth saluting].
"It's been a tough night. We are all reminded of what the most important thing in life is - to have valuable relationships, people we're close to, our family and our friends. Everything, everything, everything - all thoughts are with Christian and his family."
Denmark will continue the group stage with two matches against
on June 17 and 21.
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