Javier Mascherano has revealed he suffered an eye-watering injury after making his crucial, last-ditch tackle in yesterday's World Cup semifinal win over the Netherlands.
The Argentine midfielder says he sustained a torn anus making a match-saving tackle on deadly Dutch forward Arjen Robben late in yesterday's sudden death encounter, before Argentina went on to reach the final on penalties.
After making the sliding challenge, former Liverpool and West Ham player Mascherano was seen bent over in pain - and in a post-match interview, sheepishly confessed the reason why.
"That's why I had so much pain. Not to be rude," Mascherano said.
"I tore my arse on that move"
By that point Mascherano was already suspected to be playing through a possible concussion after an accidental head collision with Holland's Georgino Wijnaldum, but was allowed to play on by medical staff.
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