Man United’s Champions League clash with Copenhagen is paused for several minutes after medical emergency in the crowd… before stadium announcer confirms the fan is ‘awake and well’
- Man United’s match against Copenhagen was interrupted during the first half
- This came after a medical emergency in the crowd at Parken Stadium
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A medical emergency caused Manchester United’s Champions League match against FC Copenhagen to be interrupted on Wednesday evening.
The game – which United lost 4-3 – was abandoned after 18 minutes when United made an early substitution as Raphael Varane replaced the injured Jonny Evans and it was subsequently announced that a supporter had fallen ill.
The players waited anxiously on the pitch, with some going to talk to manager Erik ten Hag while the supporter was examined by medics.
They created a shield around the supporter so they could maintain some privacy during the treatment.
Finally, after a few minutes, the referee received the signal that play could resume with the fan in safe hands and blew his whistle to restart the action.
Medics rushed to the side of the pitch to deal with an emergency during the first half
The stadium announcer later confirmed that the supporter was “awake and healthy.”
Erik ten Hag talks to his players while a medical emergency occurs in the audience
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The stadium announcer confirmed later in the first half that the supporter was ‘awake and well’ following the health crisis.
The incident happened after United had taken an early lead after Scott McTominay set up Rasmus Hojlund for a simple tap-in.
It was an eventful start to the match at Parken Stadium, which also saw play briefly halted ahead of the medical emergency after a fan ran onto the pitch carrying a Palestinian flag.
The gesture came amid the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, but the supporter was quickly arrested by stewards.
Hojlund doubled his and United’s tally just before the half-hour with another simple finish after Alejandro Garnacho’s shot was parried into his path.
The visitors appeared to be in complete control but their task was made more difficult when Marcus Rashford was sent off shortly before half-time following a VAR check for a mistimed tackle from the United striker.
Copenhagen then pulled a goal back through Mohamed Elyounoussi in the final seconds of normal time.
After a number of stoppages, including due to a medical emergency, 13 minutes of injury time were added at the end of the first half.
The hosts leveled in the ninth minute of stoppage time with a penalty from Diogo Goncalves after Harry Maguire was penalized for handball.
United looked to be back on track after the break as they retook the lead thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty, but Copenhagen struck twice in the final seven minutes to seal a stunning 4-3 victory for the Danish side.
There was another pause in play when a fan ran onto the field carrying a Palestinian flag
United were in control of the match before Marcus Rashford was shown a straight red card
Copenhagen scored twice in the closing stages of the first half after Rashford’s red card
The hosts scored two more late goals in the second half to claim all three points