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Javier Mascherano says he tore his anus during win over Netherlands

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Javier Mascherano's likely game-saving tackle of Arjen Robben near the end of regulation in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina appears to have come with a cost.

Mascherano, who bumped heads with Holland's Georginio Wijnaldum earlier in the game, told reporters that he tore his anus while making the desperation tackle.

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"I tore the anus.... I don't want to sound crude... Robben game me an opportunity when he took a touch; he lost a second and I won. What I did anyone could have done. To be in the final you need a bit of luck."

WILSON: Argentina adds to Brazil's misery

Argentina went on to win the game in penalties, 4-2. The team plays Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13.

- Sarah Barshop

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