Rio de Janeiro: Javier Mascherano, who played a key role in Argentina's semi-final win over the Netherlands on Wednesday, said he endured immense pain in his attempt to prevent Arjen Robben from scoring in the closing stages of the game.
Describing the perfectly-timed tackle on the Dutchman, Mascherano said: "I thought I had slipped, I thought I wouldn't make it, but I tore my anus on that move, the pain...it was terrible.
"I threw myself into it. I could have been sent off. It could have been a penalty but anyone could have done that, I had the luck to get there."