For nearly 43 minutes of Saturday’s Denmark-Finland meeting at Euro 2020 it was a normal football match. A scoreless draw nearly taking the two teams into halftime, the unexpected that followed not only delayed the match but put a sickening feeling in the guts of many around the world that looked on.
When Christian Eriksen collapsed just prior to the first half whistle blowing there was uncertainty and tension inside the Parken Stadium and for everyone that consumed that match in person and via their televisions.
Life can be fleeting and taken for granted, especially in sports. Athletes are seen as larger-than-life figures that mirror more superheroes than those that may work a 9 to 5 job on a regular basis.
Eriksen, who plays his club football at Inter Milan in Serie A, is believed to be in the prime of his professional career. A seemingly healthy 29-year-old midfielder that helped his club team win their first domestic title in nearly a decade last month.
The power of sports is quite incredible when you break it down to its core. On most days there are winners and losers, but regardless of the result supporters have the opportunity to delve into something that can take their minds off of the monotony of their daily lives.
On Saturday, it wasn’t about the result of the match. The only thing that mattered was Eriksen’s health and providing assurance that he would live to see his longtime partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen and their two children once more.