An empty, out-of-life gaze by Christian Eriksen, who has sneaked into the grass.
Rehabilitation measures for medical staff.
Eriksen's adjustable legs.
A shock to the faces of the Danish and Finnish players.
The intoxicating silence of the stadium.
Common fear of the worst.
The images that were forever remembered were seen live on Saturday when Finland and Denmark faced a football European Championship match.
Home audiences around the world were shocked by Eriksen’s serious illness.
Shared a generational experience: a traumatic moment in TV history.
One cannot even imagine what it would have been like if someone had come with that camera at that gloomy moment to photograph and demand a sensible comment on the situation.
The journalists of Yle Urheil, who conveyed the match to the Finns, were in a terrible place, very probably the toughest of their careers.
The narrator Matti Härkönen and the expert Erkka V. Lehtola had to talk in a live broadcast through a situation that had to be overwhelming for them, the passionate footballers.
Somehow they succeeded.
After seemingly endless minutes, the camera moved to the Copenhagen studio, where journalist Riku Salminen and expert Antti Pohja were in a strong emotional turmoil.
- You can't really say anything here.
Let's see what happens.
The football feeling is gone, Pohja got a piece of what was said in his throat.
He dropped the microphone on the table.
He seemed to want out of the picture.
The atmosphere in Pasila's studio was also grave.
Studio host Antti-Jussi Sipilä only swallowed that the compilation of the previous match would start soon.
Markus Halsti said something, Perparim Hetemaj did not say a word at first.
Hetemaj faced Eriksen in Serie A last season.
None of Yle's journalists at that time had more information about Eriksen's well-being than the viewers.
They did not engage in the slightest speculation.
The compilation began.
Finland won, but it did not matter.
I think the performance of Yle’s journalists and experts was heroic.
I don’t understand how they were able to do that.
We viewers know Salmis and Sipilä as those nice guys who entertain us all year round when we miss something other than our everyday worries.
We know them as reliable anchors for the Sports Box.
Sometimes you can forget that TV stars are just people.
Now Yle’s favorite faces appeared in front of us shocked, broken and scared.
They revealed their feelings to the whole of Finland.
It was the only real reaction to what had happened.
It was done right.
Yle's journalists were able to do humane and high-quality TV work in a traumatic situation.
Heroism at a terrible moment is to be commended.
One cannot demand that journalists should have cooled their feelings and resumed the broadcast as if nothing had happened.
Empathy is a big part of a supplier’s professionalism.
Guardian journalist Barry Glendenning said in a podcast in the British newspaper that two foremen had asked him if he would be able to continue his work during the Denmark-Finland match.
Eriksen's fate had shocked him greatly.
Glendenning wrote only textual follow-up in the editorial.
He wanted to continue his work.
Hopefully Yle’s bold checkered faces will get the support they need during and after the Games.
Hopefully Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest, will recover to full fitness.