Jannik Vestergaard's Denmark were overcome by Finland in extraordinary circumstances in their UEFA Euro 2020 opener in Copenhagen, as events were overshadowed by a terribly concerning incident involving Danish teammate Christian Eriksen.
The game was suspended after the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder collapsed on the field of play, and was attended to by emergency medical staff at Parken Stadium, before being taken to hospital where his condition was reported to be stable before the game then resumed.
UEFA later confirmed that Eriksen had been 'transferred to hospital and stabilised', allowing the game to continue, with Finland running out 1-0 winners thanks to a second-half Joel Pohjanpalo goal.
Former Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg missed a penalty in the second period, which would have levelled proceedings, on a night where the overall result played second fiddle to the health and welfare of Eriksen, with the entire football family wishing him the very best in his recovery.
Thankfully, the Dane was said to be 'awake' in hospital, with cries ringing out around the stadium of "Christian" from the Finnish fans, followed by "Eriksen" in reply from the home supporters.
Vestergaard completed 27 minutes of the tie and will next face Belgium in Group B on Thursday 17th June, 5pm BST.
Everyone at Southampton Football Club will continue to keep Eriksen and his family firmly in their thoughts and prayers.