(Brentford – Newcastle 0–2) 259 days after he collapsed with a cardiac arrest in the Danish main hall Parken, Christian Eriksen (30) was back at the top level in football on Saturday.
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At the score 2-0 to Newcastle and with barely 40 minutes left of the match, the audience and the atmosphere rise at Brentford Community Stadium.
Inn for compatriot Mathias Jensen, former Tottenham and Inter player Eriksen came. That to deafening applause from both home fans and away fans.
– If you remove the result, I’m a happy man. After being through what I have, being back is a wonderful feeling, Eriksen says to Sky Sports after the red and white teammates in Brentford lost the comeback match 0-2.
Thus, the Dane is back at the top level after what were dramatic scenes in the summer of 2021. For Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Denmark’s opening match of the European Football Championship at home in Copenhagen, Eriksen fell over with cardiac arrest as before the break. The 29-year-old’s life was finally saved, and since then the Dane has had a pacemaker operated on.
The contract with Italian Inter was terminated, but in January this year it became clear that the heavily Danish-influenced Premier League club Brentford took Eriksen out of the season. After the jump-in, the Dane confirmed how grateful he was to his new employer. In the stands he also had his loved ones.
– Everyone is her. My family, my parents, my child, mother-in-law and some playmates who have helped me back. What they have been through is even tougher than what I have been through, says Eriksen.
After trying out in a training match earlier this month, where Eriksen kept up with a goal pass, it became a heavier comeback at the top level.
With two goals to pick up on the away team, both Eriksen and Brentford frantically tried to find their way to the net. The Danes came to a series of posts, but all were cleared, and the match ended with three points for Newcastle. Joelinton and Joe Willock scored for the away team.
The loss despite Eriksen being back probably felt like a victory for many.
And that someone has come back after such an episode, former national team player and professor at the Norwegian Sports Academy Thor Einar Andersen can not remember.
– In danger of overlooking someone, I can not remember that this has happened at this level, says Andersen who is the leader of the sports health center to VG and continues:
– It is fantastic that this is medically possible.
A number of other players who have experienced that the heart has stopped on a football field, which sometimes national team manager Ståle Solbakken and NRK expert Carl-Erik Torp, stopped as a result of the cardiac arrest.
Brentford’s Danish manager Thomas Frank already said at Friday’s press conference that the Danes would make his comeback.
– It will be really cool to see him back on the football field. I am happy on his behalf, said Morten Boesen Danish Tipsbladet before the match.
Boesen was one of the players who stormed out on the grass in the Park and kept Eriksen alive when he collapsed.