Antonio Rudiger scores a last-second equalizer in the Shakhtar vs. Real Madrid game by colliding head-on with the line.
Antonio Rudiger of Real Madrid was his team’s hero on Tuesday, earning a 1-1 draw in Poland against Shakhtar Donetsk to secure a spot in the Champions League knockout round. Toni Kroos kept the ball in his possession with a few seconds remaining as Real trailed 1-0 to the valiant Ukrainians, who had outplayed the defending European champions for the entirety of the game.
There, he motioned for everyone to advance in an effort to score a last-ditch goal. The second of Rudiger’s two chances proved to be the winning one.
The former Chelsea player, who headed home off the right post after entering the box with a lovely touch, paid the price. Rudiger touched the ball before slamming into Anatoliy Trubin in a dramatic collision that saw Rudiger take the goalie by the shoulder and face before knocking him to the ground.
Please be advised that there is blood and that it may be difficult to watch:
Definitely disturbing, and wow is that a brutal knock. His traditional white jersey was painted red, and he struggled to get up. It’s still uncertain what the knock’s effects will be. According to Cope, he did require 20 stitches on his forehead. He will have testing on Wednesday to determine if his face has been fractured in any way.
The center back, however, is not new to facial injuries. On his way to helping Chelsea win the Champions League two seasons ago, he was injured against Real Madrid and broke his jaw. As a result, he had a bone injury on the side of his face and even wore a mask as a protective measure, continuing to wear it at Euro 2020 with Germany.