During yesterday’s scoreless semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands, Argentine Javier Mascherano had a pretty rough day. After apparently suffering a concussion early in the match and being allowed to continue, the South American suffered another painful injury.
Some unforgettable words from Mascherano: "I spread out my anus in that last tackle, that's why I felt so much pain"
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 10, 2014
Cringe-worthy. Mascherano’s injury came on a play that saw him dive in front of a potentially game-winning goal from Arjen Robben of the Dutch side, helping secure a scoreless tie in a match ultimately won by Argentina in penalty kicks. So Mascherano’s injury could be seen as having a direct effect on his sides win.
Yahoo! Sports was able to translate a bit of an interview with Mascherano and, well yikes.
“I tore the anus…. I don’t want to sound crude… Robben gave me an opportunity when he took a touch; he lost an second and I won. What I did anyone could have done. To be in the final you need a bit of luck.”
Calling a torn anus luck? Don’t say soccer players aren’t committed.