Christian Eriksen 'asked Denmark players to continue' as Finland take lead in Euro 2020 game – live updates

DENMARK's match against Finland has restarted after both teams' requested to continue.

Christian Eriksen, who is now awake and stable in hospital, reportedly spoke to his team-mates before they decided to resume the game.

The match had been stopped after Eriksen collapsed on the field just before half time, receiving CPR shortly afterwards.

And it is Finland who have struck first with a header from Joel Pohjanpalo.

Follow all the latest with our live blog below…

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 1

    67' – That was Finland's first ever goal at a major tournament and now they face a fight to hold onto this priceless lead.

    A familiar pattern emerging for Denmark though as they fail to make the most of their positive build up play.

    Daniel Wass is the latest to try his luck from the edge of the area but he sends it into the stands like Delaney before him.

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    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 1

    Here's how Pohjanpalo opened the scoring for the visitors in Copenhagen.

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    Credit: AFP
  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 1

    62' – The hosts have reacted with their second sub of the game as Southampton's Vestergaard replaces captain Simon Kjaer.

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    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 1

    60' – They've soaked up a lot of pressure this game but it's the visitors that have grabbed the lead.

    Uronen floats in a wicked cross from the left flank and Pohjanpalo gets in front of his man to head goalwards.

    The ball is down into the ground and bounces just in front of Schmeichel, but the Leicester keeper may be dissapointed that it squirmed under him.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 1

    GOAL!!!!!! AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY!

    It's Joel Pohjanpalo with the header!

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    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    56' – The visitors under increasing pressure in this second half but so far are standing firm.

    Poulsen fires a ball across the face of goal but Toivio manages to clear underneath his own crossbar.

    It then falls to Maehle on the edge of the box, but Finland get out to block.

    Jensen goes down seconds later but fortunately he's just winded and seems ok.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    52' – CHANCE! WIDE!

    Jensen has been involved in absolutely everything so far for Denmark after replacing Christian Eriksen.

    And the Brentford midfielder was found in space 25 yards out but his knuckled effort is high and wide. Would have been fitting had that gone in.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    50' – A yellow card shown to captain Tim Sparv after a loose foot tripped Yussuf Poulsen and it's a dangerous free-kick for the hosts.

    Ball in from Jensen but it's Arajuuri again in the middle of the Finland defence clearing his lines.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    49' – Another corner from the hosts for Jensen – the man that replaced Eriksen.

    A good header away from Arajuuri but Denmark quickly regain possession and it's the visitors that are struggling to hold the ball.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    The game has now restarted and it's the hosts again that are straight back on the attack where they left off.

    An early corner for Denmark from Jensen but the ball evades everyone in red and white and Finland manage to clear their lines.

  • Joe Brophy

    ERIKSEN UPDATE

    UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has released a statement on Christian Eriksen.

  • Joe Brophy

    HT: DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    And that's all there is for that short restart to end the first half.

    As stated earlier, it will just be a short five-minute break before the second 45 begins.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    44'- An incredible effort from all 22 players still playing the game at a high tempo following the restart.

    As was the case before the stoppage Denmark are dominating the ball but struggling to break down a stubborn Finnish backline.

  • Joe Brophy

    DENMARK 0 FINLAND 0

    The game will now be restarting and stay with us at SunSport as we resume coverage.

    Mathias Jensen has been subbed on for Christian Eriksen.

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    IN THIS TOGETHER

    Emotional scenes in the ground as both Danish and Finnish teams shout Christian Eriksen's name.

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    'OUT OF OUR CONTROL'

    Gary Lineker has apologised to BBC viewers after distressing images of Christian Eriksen were shown instead of cutting back to the studio.

  • Joe Brophy

    RULES OF THE RESTART

    UEFA have confirmed that the last four minutes of the first half will be played upon the restart tonight.

    There will then be a 5-minute half-time break before the second 45 commences.

    Meanwhile, Belgium's opener against Russia will go ahead as scheduled.

  • Joe Brophy

    ERIKSEN STABLE

    UEFA have confirmed that tonight's game will restart after players from both teams made requests to play on.

    Denmark's FA confirmed their players have been reassured Christian Eriksen is stable after he regained consciousness as he left the pitch.

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  • Joe Brophy

    GAME BACK ON

    The Danish FA have announced that the match against Finland will continue TONIGHT at 19:30pm.

    This has come after the Danish players have been reassured that Christian Eriksen is okay!

    The ex-Spurs star is awake and his condition remains stable. He is still in hospital undergoing further examinations.

  • Joe Brophy

    'HE'S AWAKE'

    A very positive update from Christian Eriksen's agent who has revealed the midfielder 'breathes and can speak.'

    Martin Schoots claimed the Inter Milan star is awake after speaking to the player's father.

  • Etienne Fermie

    TOTTENHAM TOGETHER

    Christian Eriksen's former team Tottenham Hotspur have told him 'get well soon' after his frightening on-field collapse this afternoon.

    The Dane is understood to have been stabilised, and in hospital for further examinations.

  • Etienne Fermie

    WANYAMA BEST WISHES

    Christian Eriksen's former Spurs team-mate Victor Wanyama has sent his thoughts to his friend after the Dane collapsed on the pitch during today's match with Finland.

    The Kenyan played with Eriksen in North London between 2016 and 2020.

  • Etienne Fermie

    LAMELA THANKS GOD

    Christian Eriksen's friend and former team-mate Erik Lamela has thanked God amid the news that the Dane has been stabilised.

    The midfielder received extensive CPR on the pitch after collapsing during his nation's Euro 2020 opener against Finland.

  • Etienne Fermie

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Uefa have confirmed that a crisis meeting has taken place between both teams and match officials – with more info to be released at 7:45pm.

    Crucially, Christian Eriksen has been stabilised and transferred to hospital.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ERIKSEN HOPE

    Christian Eriksen has been carried off the pitch with his eyes open and breathing after receiving extensive treatment on the pitch.

    The Dane collapsed just before half-time of his team's Euro 2020 opener against Finland.

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