Christian Eriksen to Have Pacemaker Implanted; Denmark-Belgium Game Stopped for Tribute

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By Dennis Young From New York Daily News Christian Eriksen, the Danish midfielder who collapsed and nearly died in his team’s opening match, will have a pacemaker implanted. “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter),” national team doctor Morten Boesen said in a statement. “This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.” An ICD is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a type of pacemaker. Meanwhile, Eriksen’s teammates—who understandably struggled against Finland when play resumed after the episode—were off to a stunning start against tournament favorite Belgium. Just two minutes in, striker Yussuf Poulsen scored to give Denmark a 1-0 lead in front of a home crowd in Copenhagen. They held onto the lead through halftime, but Belgium scored two second-half goals for a 2–1 win. Eight minutes after Poulsen’s goal, the Belgians stopped play …

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