Wolfsburg midfielder Vieirinha will be first in the queue at the dentist this morning after losing a tooth during his team’s surprise 2-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals last night.
The Portugal international suffered the injury after receiving a whack in the face from Toni Kroos and was then filmed spitting out a tooth onto the Volkswagen Arena pitch. Ouch.
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Kroos caught the Portuguese playmaker with a stray elbow, although it didn’t appear to be deliberate.
The World Cup winner went unpunished by the referee, Gianluca Rocchi, but apologised to his opponent after the incident.
Video: Vieirinha spits out tooth
Vieirinha puts Marcelo to shame
At least Vieirinha had good reason to roll around on the ground in pain, unlike Real Madrid’s left-back Marcelo.
The Brazil international was slammed on social media after playacting following an altercation with Maximilian Arnold.
It was Arnold who scored Wolfsburg’s second goal of the night, in the 25th minute, following poor defending by Los Blancos.
Ricardo Rodriguez had put the home side 1-0 up seven minutes earlier from the penalty spot.
Hecking: Nobody believed me!
After the match, Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking hit out at reporters for not believing in his team prior to the two-legged tie.
"Tuesday I looked into your eyes and nobody believed in what I said," Hecking was quoted as saying by ESPN. "But you see, anything is possible in football.
"You have to put a lot of energy in your game when you play against a top team like Madrid. If Madrid open the door for us, we have to barge through it.
"The penalty? There was contact so it's a clear spot kick for me.
"Bruno Henrique was one of the key players tonight. We wanted to surprise Real with this player."
Hecking will be acutely aware that one goal at the Bernabeu is all his side realistically require to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
An away goal would leave Zinedine Zidane’s men needed four goals in order to progress to the next round.
Zidane takes responsibility for defeat
Zidane took responsibility for the defeat on Wednesday night, but insisted he was “proud” of his players for their efforts.
"I have all the responsibility, total, as coach," Zidane was also quoted as saying by ESPN. "We will watch the game again, and analyse it. I am very proud of my players.
“I am responsible, and must look to see what happened. And I will do that. We had chances, the only thing is we did not get what we wanted here. It is 2-0 and we must accept that. It hurts as we knew it would be difficult, but nobody, including me, expected this."
He added: "We did not start with the necessary intensity for a Champions League game," he said. "We made that mistake. I am not going to go crazy now, as what we have done recently is positive. But this game we cannot be happy with.
We will analyse it. It could be [due to] Saturday's game, physically we have suffered, above all in the first half. We lacked, above all, mobility in all the lines, at the start."
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