Sebastian Rode shows off gruesome injury that required stitches after being kicked in the HEAD by Rangers’ John Lundstram – as Frankfurt captain insists ‘the main thing is to get the thing! Everything else doesn’t matter’ following Europa League final triumph
- Eintracht Frankfurt beat Rangers on Wednesday night to win the Europa League
- Frankfurt captain Sebastian Rode suffered a cut head in the sixth minute
- He was caught by the studs of John Lundstram as they battled for a bouncing ball
Sebastian Rode literally put blood, sweat and tears into Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League final triumph against Rangers on Wednesday – with an emphasis on the former.
The Frankfurt captain suffered a gruesome injury in the opening exchanges of their triumph – a 5-4 penalty shootout win after the match ended 1-1 following extra-time – when he was kicked in the head by John Lundstram.
The incident occurred as the two players clashed just outside of the Frankfurt box in the sixth minute and there was a lengthy delay as Rode received treatment.
Sebastian Rode won’t forget the Europa League final in a hurry after suffering this head injury
Rangers’ John Lundstram caught Rode with a high challenge in the sixth minute of the final
Rode was left with a bloodied face and had to change his shirt following the challenge
There was a lengthy delay as the Eintracht Frankfurt captain received treatment on the pitch
Despite the blow to the head, Rode was on hand to life the Europa League trophy in celebration
Lundstram went for the ball with what a raised boot and caught Rode, who had ducked his head down towards it.
Immediately the 31-year-old had blood gushing from his head but played on once he was seen by the physio.
The German midfielder lasted 90 minutes before he was replaced. But despite the sore head, he was able to join in the celebrations and lift the Europa League trophy post-match.
And following the jubilation, Rode then took to Twitter to show the extent of his injury – which included multiple stitches from the front of his hairline down to his forehead.
‘The main thing is to get the thing!!! Everything else doesn’t matter,’ he wrote to accompany the image.
The incident with Lundstram was an early talking point in the match, but many believed Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic made the right call in not sending the Rangers man off.
Referee Slavko Vincic opted not to take action against Lundstram to the dismay of Frankfurt
Former referee Peter Walton said on BT Sport that the challenge was not worthy of a red card, mainly because of the movement made by Rode, but the Lundstram should have been booked.
The Frankfurt bench appealed for action to be taken by Vincic against the Englishman but the referee and VAR decided against it.
‘I thought he could have got a yellow, it was accidental and it was pleasing for us in the studio that he didn’t get a red card,’ McCoist said on BT Sport.
But Ally McCoist said Lundstram did not deserve anything more than a booking for the tackle
Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller said he was glad Vincic was not influenced by the blood and the fact Rode was forced to change his shirt following the tackle.
We were talking in the build up about how big an impact the referee and VAR could have on the match,’ Miller, working as a BT Sport pundit for the game, said.
‘When you see blood, or the extent of the injury, sometimes that influences the referee, but thankfully it didn’t. He [Lundstram] touched the ball ever so slightly and the referee has given him the benefit of the doubt.’
Owen Hargreaves admitted there were ‘nerves’ in the BT Sport studio but said they were thankful Vincic ‘stayed out of it’.
Owen Hargreaves said he was ‘thankful’ the referee did not intervene following the incident
The reaction on social media was far stronger, with several insisting Lundstram should have been given his marching orders though.
‘How he didn’t even get a yellow il [sic] never know,’ wrote @DarrenMeehan2 on Twitter, while another user, @ChiefPunter, said: ‘Easiest red card you could ever give. He didn’t even give a free kick.’
@Agbonogha added: ‘If Xhaka did this, I assure you he’ll be given red card x2’, with @logiebear 196725 describing it as an ‘awful challenge’.
Others likened the incident to the red card given to Nani in a Champions League tie between Manchester United and Real Madrid in March 2013. The Portuguese winger was sent off for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa in the match at Old Trafford.
Social media users took a different view as dozens said Lundstram should have been sent off
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