Euro 2020: The first week of Euro 2020 hasn’t disappointed, taking fans through exciting to heart-breaking moments in the 1st week of the tournament alone. If the return of the fans to cheer for their national teams was the highlight, Cristiano Ronaldo snubbing Coca Cola for plain water and Patrick Schick’s 45-yards goal both kept fans on the edge. But it was Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the field that had fans come together across their national allegiance. InsideSport takes a look at the 5 big moments of Euro that had fans on their edge.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Coca Cola outburst: Everything that Cristiano Ronaldo does catches the world’s attention. Hence, when he took out the Coca Cola bottles in front of him during Portugal’s press conference, asking people to drink water instead, it did make a splash. Not only it became a meme fest but Coca Cola took a $4 billion hit as its shares fell by 1.6% in the following hours. The two might be unrelated but the world of football knows Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on everything.
Ronaldo moves two bottles of Coke aside in a press conference and tells people to drink water instead
Coca Cola fell ~1.6% soon afterwards, good for a today $4 billion drop in market cap
— Morning Brew ☕️ (@MorningBrew) June 16, 2021
Patrick Schick’s 45-yards goal: Something that happens probably once in a decade, Czech Republic’s Patrick Schick recreated that in one of the biggest stages of football. When he found Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall off position, Patrick Schick took a shot from half-line or 45 yards out and the ball curled in to land on Scotland’s goal, leaving everyone bamboozled. Only a handful including David Beckham and Xabi Alonso has managed to emulate the feat from the outfield. It was the longest-distance goal in Euro’s history.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 14, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo shatters record(s): Cristiano Ronaldo and records have become synonymous. While his Coca Cola outburst took centre stage off the field, on the field, he turned his beast mode on, shattering records after records when he scored a brace against Hungary. His brace took him clear of Michel Platini to become the highest scorer of Euro history with 11 goals. He also became the only player to play in the five Euro finals (main round, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2021). If Portugal win the Euro, the Juventus forward can create some new records of his own.
— barotta master (@SathishSekar03) June 16, 2021
Christian Eriksen’s collapse: The football world came to a standstill when Denmark’s star player Cristian Eriksen suddenly collapsed without any contact during the game against Finland. What initially appeared to be exhaustion suddenly became a serious matter as doctors had to perform CPR on the field before taking him to the hospital. later, it was revealed that Cristian Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest. The Inter Milan playmaker is still in the hospital undergoing tests to understand the reason.
Shocked to turn on Denmark vs Finland match to see what happened to Christian Eriksen and his collapse.
Reminds me of Hank Gathers here in the US….during his LMU basketball game. 🙏it’s different outcome. Thoughtful how his teammates shield him as he is taken from the field❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/TF6J4fKMR5
— Tony Potts (@TonyPotts1) June 12, 2021
The other moment that caught world’s attention was both Finland and Denmark fans coming together in Eriksen’s support. As Denmark fans chanted “CHRISTIAN”, Finland fans shouted “ERIKSEN”. The scary moment united the two rivals of Europe.
Video of the weekend:
Finland and Denmark fans chanting Christian Eriksen’s name in a call-and-response after his scary collapse on the field.
Finnish fans: “Christian!”
— Kendall Baker (@TheKendallBaker) June 14, 2021
A new era for Azzurri: Italy entered the Euro 2020 as an underdog having failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. With a string of superstars retiring including Gianluigi Buffon, Daniel de Rossi amongst several others, under Roberto Mancini, Italy looked at the youngsters. Now, they have become the first team to qualify for Round of 16 having won both their matches in Euro so far.
💚 🤍 ❤️
TEAM BUNDLE! 🥳
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 16, 2021