The final time Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen stepped on the pitch for his dwelling nation, he was in a battle for his life.

It was on that June 2021 night time in Copenhagen the place Eriksen, 30, collapsed within the forty second minute of Denmark’s UEFA Euro 2020 Group Stage match in opposition to Finland. The following day, it was decided that Eriksen had suffered cardiac arrest. Eriksen admitted later that he was “gone from this world for 5 minutes,” earlier than docs had been in a position to get his heartbeat again.

However not even a 12 months later, Eriksen was again on the pitch Saturday, donning the white and purple of Denmark for the primary time since his cardiac arrest. In a world pleasant between Denmark and the Netherlands, Eriksen made a direct influence after approaching as a half time substitute.

With Denmark down 3-1, Eriksen made his first contact of the match and smashed it into the highest left nook, evading the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Mark Flekken.

The purpose was Eriksen’s first in any competitors since Might 2021, when he performed for Inter Milan in Serie A. The Netherlands went on to win the match, 4-2, however the story afterwards was Eriksen, who was again to taking part in at a excessive stage for his nation after a near-death expertise.

“I felt very welcome [by the Netherlands fans],” Eriksen instructed Sky Sports. “I’ve been right here earlier than [for Ajax] for a few years so in fact they know me, however it was a really heart-warming reception for certain. I used to be completely happy the ball got here to me and naturally, it was a beautiful end. To start out the comeback in worldwide soccer like this was the proper method.

“I’m wanting ahead to taking part in on the Qatar World Cup however there are loads of video games in between and I’m centered on them.”

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