Eriksen scores in Denmark's 1-1 draw with Slovenia at Euro 2024, 3 years after his onfield collapse

AP , Sunday 16 Jun 2024

For Christian Eriksen, Denmark’s opening game at the European Championship was a much happier occasion this time.

Denmark s midfielder #10 Christian Eriksen and Slovenia s defender #05 Jon Gorenc Stankovic vie during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group C football match between Slovenia and Denmark at the Stuttgart Arena in Stuttgart on June 16, 2024. AFP

The Manchester United midfielder scored the opening goal in a 1-1 draw with Slovenia on Sunday. It was his first match at the Euros since suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opener in the previous edition of the tournament in 2021.

Eriksen neatly slotted a finish into the corner in the 17th minute of the Group C game in Stuttgart.

Erik Janza equalized for Slovenia in the 77th with a shot that took a big deflection and span beyond Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

It was exactly 1,100 days ago that Eriksen collapsed on the field at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen while playing for Denmark against Finland. In scary scenes, medics worked frenetically to give him chest compressions before he was carried away on a stretcher.

He returned to the sport in 2022, fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

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