Bremen’s Di Santo commits gruesome high boot to the face

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have been miserably off target recently —they’ve managed one goal in their past three matches, all losses — but on Saturday, Bremen’s Franco di Santo did manage one clean strike. Unfortunately, it was to his opponent’s head, not the ball.

With Eintracht Frankfurt already up 1-0 midway through the first half, Di Santo caught Bastian Oczipka in the face with an awful high boot. The summer signing from Wigan was shown the red card straight away as Oczipka’s face bled profusely.

Thankfully, Oczipka was able to play on despite getting his nose stuffed with studs, and the man advantage helped Eintracht see out an easy win over tumbling Werder.

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You would be forgiven if you didn’t catch New Zealand’s World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia, but you have to see this: the All Whites’ Shane Smeltz was kicked in the face while looking to get in position for the potential game-winning goal. It was a grizzly injury, and no question a high studs-up challenge. Amazingly, no foul (and penalty) was given!!!

Double ouch!