Christian Eriksen with Denmark in a March 2022 friendly.

Last June’s Euro 2020 competition saw a potential tragedy, with Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapsing on the pitch during his team’s opening match and later being diagnosed as having undergone cardiac arrest. Well, Eriksen returned to Premier League play for Brentford last month, and he made his return to match action for Denmark’s national team Saturday in a friendly against the Netherlands. And Eriksen made his presence quickly felt, scoring on his first touch:

As you’d expect, that sparked a lot of reactions:

It’s great to see Eriksen back in international football. And this certainly was a quick and impressive impact from him, coming just a couple of minutes after he entered the match.

It’s notable as well that it was never assured that Eriksen would get back to this point. In fact, last year saw a ruling from the Italian Football Federation that Eriksen couldn’t return to Serie A thanks to having an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted after his cardiac arrest. But Eriksen has been able to get back to a high level of play, signing with Brentford and competing for them in the Premier League, and now returning to the Danish national team. And it’s terrific to see him already returning to goal-scoring form.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.