Antonio Rudiger said he avoided serious injury after his horror head-crush when he scored for Real Madrid in Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Shakhtar.
Rudiger’s header equalized for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, but his head collided with the fist of goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin, who was trying to parry the shot.
“We live,” wrote Rüdiger on Instagram. He added on Wednesday: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m fine – thanks for all your messages.”
The Champions League title holder was on the verge of a shock defeat until Rüdiger’s header in the 95th minute. Manager Ancelotti is aware of his side’s poor performance despite qualifying for the next round of their title defence.
“We didn’t play well but this team never gives up,” Ancelotti told Marca. “We qualified for the round of 16 on a night that looked bad, that’s a good thing. They changed the system to position the players to cut the passes between the lines, we had to play on the flanks, it didn’t go well for us.
“And with her goal it became more difficult for us. We played very badly but we showed that we never give up. We played badly because sometimes it happens in football.
“Outside, we didn’t try to dribble to break lines. The positive thing is that we didn’t give up. Only the team that makes it to the knockout stage can win the Champions League and we’re in for it. It is difficult to beat this team.”