Argentina may not have been in the final match of the World Cup if it weren’t for Javier Mascherano. The brave defender made a spectacular sliding save in the closing minutes to stop Arjen Robben from stealing a late goal and possibly a trip to the Cup Final.  His tackle came at a steep and painful price though, as the defender stated after Wednesday’s game that he had tore his anus during the slide.

To see pictures of the incident, The Daily Mail provides HERE.