Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch as the game approached half time. His teammates formed a ring around him – many were in tears.

The cameras eventually switched to shots of the stadium. Eriksen was taken to hospital and in now recovering. The Danish team doctor has said that Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest – also known as a heart attack.

The game was abandoned temporarily but continued once the players had been told Eriksen was awake.

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:33 – Story
2:10 – Headline 1: Christian Eriksen ‘stable’ after collapsing during Euro 2020 game as doctor describes how medical team ‘got him back’
6:20​​ – Headline 2: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark releases heartfelt statement to footballer Christian Eriksen
8:30​​​​​​​​ – Headline 3: Euro 2020: Heart doctor’s Twitter thread on Christian Eriksen collapse is eye-opening
10:46 – Language summary

The story
Eriksen collapsed suddenly towards the end of the first half of Denmark’s match against Finland. While he was being treated by medics on the ground, his visibly shocked teammates formed a ring around him.

And soon after, television in Denmark cut away to aerial shots of the stadium. Eriksen was given CPR on the pitch, before being carried away on a stretcher.

Key words and phrases
fixed; not likely to change
*The economy is now stable after a few months of instability.
*She doesn’t look very stable on her bike yet, but I’m sure she’ll stop falling off soon.

*It was a heartfelt speech full of emotion and happy memories.
*His apology was heartfelt. You could tell he really meant it.

revealing in a surprising way
*Spending a day in a hospital emergency department was eye-opening. It’s incredible how hard the medical staff work.
*You should watch the latest programme about climate change. It was a real eye-opener for me.
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