A pall was cast on Euro 2020 Saturday when a Danish player collapsed on the field and needed to be hospitalized.

In a frightening moment, star midfielder Christian Eriksen went down without any contact from a Finland player in the 43rd minute of the group stage match at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 29-year-old Eriksen, who plays for Italian Serie A champion Inter Milan, was near the sideline, waiting for a throw-in when he stumbled and fell forward. Some Denmark teammates cried while others prayed. they formed a circle, shielding Eriksen from view as he received immediate treatment. He was wake when he left the stadium some 20 minutes later.

In a show of sportsmanship, Finnish supporters at the stadium chanted “Christian,” while the Danish fans answered back with “Eriksen.”

The match was temporarily suspended by UEFA. The encounter resumed 90 minutes later after Eriksen’s teammates had been told Eriksen was okay.

The squads played the final four minutes of the first half after play resumed. Mathias Jensen replaced Eriksen.

Joel Pohjanpalo’s header on the hour lifted Finland into the lead in what resulted in a 1-0 win.

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement that “moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.

“At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”

The tournament, which had been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicked off Friday.