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Session 198

There were shocking scenes during Euro 2020’s opening weekend as Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack on the pitch during a game against Finland. He is now recovering in hospital. Learn vocabulary to talk about this news story.

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News Review

Euro 2020: Player has heart attack

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during his team’s Euro 2020 match against Finland. 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.

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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

stable
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.

heartfelt
sincere

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

eye-opening
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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