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Denmark star Simon Kjaer has been praised as a “hero” after helping teammate Christian Eriksen following his terrifying collapse on the pitch.
Football fans said he may have “saved his life” after stabilising him and starting CPR, and praised him as an "absolute legend".
Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s Euro 2020 fixture against Finland on Saturday (June 12) at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
Kjaer ran towards him, stabilised him on his back, cleared his airways and started CPR before medics arrived.
Doctors then raced to the pitch and continued to perform CPR on the midfielder, while his teammates formed a protective ring around him to give him privacy.
Centre back Kjaer was seen comforting Eriksen's partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, at the side of the pitch as he received medical treatment.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder was taken to hospital and is now in a stable condition, UEFA confirmed.
His agent has since given an update, saying Eriksen is now able to speak.
Viewers flooded Twitter after the terrifying scenes to praise Kjaer.
Former Wrexham and Sunderland player Neil Wainwright tweeted: “Sounds like a lot of credit needs to go to @simonkjaer1989 who started CPR being first on the scene.
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“Amazing!! Well done to everyone involved, apart from the camera director and the TV companies.”
One social media user tweeted: “It appears Simon Kjaer (Danish centreback) might have saved Eriksen’s life.
“Stabilised him on his back and started CPR right away. That’s incredible.”
While another posted: “Those medics are absolute heroes. It must have been horrific to deal with that.
“But also Simon Kjaer, I believe. Before the medics got there he secured his neck, cleared the airways and started CPR.
“Could have saved Eriksen’s life. Hero.”
Someone else posted on the social media platform: “A proper captain.
“Simon Kjaer who made sure Eriksen was in the recovery position and hadn’t swallowed his tongue.
“Him and all the medical staff are absolute heroes.”
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And one fan wrote: "Simon Kjaer checked to see if Eriksen had swallowed his tongue, put him in the correct position and was supporting his wife, hero."
Another labelled him an "absolute legend and rock".
The match was postponed in the wake of the medical emergency but will resume at 7.30pm BST on Saturday evening (June 12).
UEFA later posted: "The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised."
The BBC was criticised for continuing coverage after Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, with fans saying it should have been cut to the studio.
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