Christian Eriksen and life-saving medics invited to Euros final at Wembley

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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen and the medics who saved his life have been invited to attend Sunday’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during his side’s opening group game against Finland last month and was resuscitated by paramedics as his teammates formed a protective shield.

UEFA said Eriksen, his wife and six medics were invited to the final, but there was no confirmation he would attend.

One of the paramedics, Peder Ersgaard, said he was honoured to receive a VIP invite from UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin.

“I’m excited, like a child on Christmas Eve,” he told the Fagbladet FOA magazine.

“I’m very proud of my efforts, but also of the whole team. It wasn’t a one-man effort.”

Eriksen collapsed on the Parken Stadium field in the first half against Finland, his eyes staring blank into a TV camera. CPR was administered and his heart was restarted with a defibrillator as players shielded the medics.

He is now recovering at home. Eriksen’s agent could not immediately be reached by phone.

Initially traumatised but then inspired by the emotion over Eriksen’s plight, Denmark have stormed into the semi-finals and play England on Wednesday for a place in the final.

“I hope to see Denmark against Italy. That would be really, really big. Just imagine if they become European champions,” Ersgaard added.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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