Russia defender Ilya Kutepov shows off gruesome foot injury suffered just 20 minutes into Croatia defeat… and he played until the end of extra-time!
- World Cup hosts Russia were dumped out on penalties by Croatia on Saturday
- Defender Ilya Kutepov injured his right foot just 20 minutes into the tie in Sochi
- He battled through the rest of the match and played the entirety of extra-time
- An image of Kutepov’s cut and bruised foot has since emerged on Twitter
Russia‘s players gave their all to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday night – and nobody did more than defender Ilya Kutepov.
The Spartak Moscow centre back injured his right foot just 20 minutes into the penalty shootout defeat by Croatia, but completed the match and played the entirety of extra-time in Sochi.
A gruesome image of Kutepov’s foot has now emerged, showing the extent to which he was hurt during the fiercely contested quarter-final clash.
Russia defender Ilya Kutepov suffered a gruesome foot injury against Croatia on Saturday
Kutepov appears to point towards his right foot shortly before the start of extra-time in Sochi
The photo shows a small gash on the right side of the 24-year-old’s foot and a large, purple bruise towards the base of his toes.
Despite the injury, Kutepov bravely battled on, playing another 100 minutes of football before a heartbreaking loss on spot-kicks sent the hosts crashing out.
Russia’s official Twitter account shared the picture with the caption: ‘The leg of Ilya Kutepov is an additional confirmation of the fact that the team did everything that they could and even more!
‘The injury was received in the first half, and there was still 100 minutes ahead…’
The Spartak Moscow defender, pictured with Luka Modric, battled through 100 minutes
Kutepov waves to the Russian fans after his country’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat
Russia were hoping to set up a historic semi-final against England, but it will be Croatia who take on Gareth Southgate’s men in Moscow on Wednesday.
Zlatko Dalic’s side have required penalties to advance through both knockout rounds so far, while the Three Lions overcame Colombia on spot-kicks in the last 16 before easing past Sweden on Saturday.
France and Belgium contest the other semi-final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.