Wales VS Denmark LIVE Football Match Score June 26/6/2021
Former Tottenham midfielder Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s match with Finland at the European Championship earlier this month and the 29-year-old only survived after being resuscitated on the pitch. It led to renewed calls for defibrillators to be made more accessible, which have resulted in the Premier League working in partnership with the Football Foundation and Football Association to make the life-saving devices available to sites across the UK over the next few months.
The Premier League has today announced it will fund the provision of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at thousands of grassroots football clubs and facilities, aimed at helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest,” a statement read. Working in partnership with the Football Foundation and The Football Association, the first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund rollout will have AEDs provided to Football Foundation funded facilities which currently are without a life-saving device onsite.
They charmed the tournament to such an extent that even the Red Wall, their many thousand supporters who joined them on the journey, were given an award by their French hosts. On Saturday, Wales are back for more in the knockout stages of a European Championship but, perhaps for the first time in their brief experience of playing at major tournaments, they will not be the neutrals’ choice.
That tag belongs to their second-round opponents, Denmark, whose progress to the last 16 has been the uplifting story of Euro 2020. It is a tale forged in trauma, their opening game against Finland plunged into darkness when midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest. The home crowd in Copenhagen was stunned into silence by an incident which shook the football world.
Denmark’s players were visibly distraught. When Eriksen was taken to hospital and it became apparent he was recovering, some of his team-mates were overwhelmed when the game restarted and unable to continue.
Losing to Finland felt irrelevant after such an incident but, once Eriksen was well enough to speak to his colleagues from hospital and urge them on, the team became imbued with an unbreakable determination to succeed.
“What you can get after a shared sense of trauma is something called ‘trauma bonding’. That is when a team will become even closer because of that shared experience,” says Dr Gillian Cook, a lecturer in sports psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and sports psychologist for Dundee United.