Argentina star reveals embarrassing injury

Last updated 10:57 11/07/2014
Sky Sport

Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano has revealed he tore his anus while making this match winning save in the semi final against the Netherlands.

Javier Mascherano
Reuters
OUCH: The moment Argentina's Javier Mascherano is believed to have torn his anus during Thursday's World Cup clash with the Netherlands.

Relevant offers

Football

Kevin Fallon says NZ Football heads must roll in player-eligibility fiasco New Zealand striker Chris Wood scores wonder goal for Leeds United Deklan Wynne on trial for Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps Coliseum Sports Media continuing to push the sports TV boundaries Jose Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Arsene Wenger Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick still on the hunt for gun goal-scorer Brazil midfielder Fred tests positive for banned substance at Copa America England striker Rickie Lambert leaves Liverpool to join West Bromwich Albion Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla sign new Arsenal contracts Community Shield: Arsenal out to make statement of intent against Chelsea

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.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content