Argentina's Mascherano tore his anus

Argentina's Javier Mascherano apparently tore his anus on this game-saving tackle against...

Argentina's Javier Mascherano apparently tore his anus on this game-saving tackle against Netherlands winger Arjen Robben during their World Cup semifinal match Wednesday. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 2:22 PM ET

Javier Mascherano made a game-saving play, but it came at a painful cost.

The Argentina centre back made a diving tackle to break up an Arjen Robben run in the box during extra time in Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal showdown against the Netherlands.

Mascherano doubled over over in pain. The reason, he told reporters, was because he tore his anus on the play.

Uh, ouch.

It wasn’t the only painful play for Mascherano in the match. The Argentine collapsed to the ground after butting heads with Dutch opponent Georginio Wijnaldum. At first, Mascherano tried to shake it off, but he lost his balance moments later.

Despite the apparent head injury, he stayed in the game.

Argentina went on to win 4-2 on penalty kicks and will meet Germany in the World Cup final Sunday.

Here's the head-butt play ...


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