Antonio Rudiger shows injury that would have required 20 stitches but Real Madrid star’s goal gives Celtic Europa League hope after Champions League exit
Antonio Rudiger bore the scars of a tough game, but his efforts would have left him with 20 stitches.
The Real Madrid defender was thrown into a bloody mess after scoring his side’s equalizer – five minutes into stoppage time – against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Reports in Spain claim Rudiger needed 20 stitches after the clash of heads with Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin and will be assessed for any broken bones.
Posting from Real’s plane trip home, he wrote on Instagram, “We’re alive” along with a photo of his bandaged head.
In a separate post, he also wrote, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m fine – thank you for all your messages.
The 1-1 draw, however, benefits Celtic in their bid to qualify for the Europa League.
The Scottish side lost 2-0 at home to RB Leipzig and are excluded from the Champions League, with goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg sealing their fate.
Celtic have picked up just one point from their four group matches but are four points behind third-placed Shakhtar with Celtic hosting the Ukrainian side on October 25.
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The team that finishes third in the groups qualifies for the second European competition, but it will be difficult.
Celtic are set to beat Shakhtar and hope their rivals lose third place to Leipzig in matchweek six, although Ange Postecoglou must also find a way to get at least a point against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on November 2 .
“We just have to keep going,” Postecoglou said. “Whether or not we continue [in Europe] or not, we have two more Champions League games that we want to continue to use as a platform to improve as a football team and improve our players.
“The more they are exposed at this level, I think the better equipped we will be at this level.”