Soccer player suffers extremely painful injury to sensitive area

When Javier Mascherano hit the ground on this play against the Netherlands, he felt the pain.

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Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano not only suffered an apparent concussion against the Netherlands on Wednesday, but he also completed the game despite another painful injury.

After Argentina advanced to Saturday’s finals against Germany with a 4-2 win on penalty kicks following the 0-0 tie in regulation, Mascherano detailed, in very polite fashion, what had happened to him during the match.