The side Santiago Arias was substituted at minute 12 of the match played by the national teams Colombia and Venezuela, for the first day of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, after suffering what seems like a severe ankle injury left when he disputed a ball with Darwin Machís.
⚠️ STRONG IMAGES ⚠️ This was the terrible injury to Santiago Arias that took him out of the game in Barranquilla.
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The Bayer Leverkusen footballer, who plays on loan from the Atlético de Madrid, he was trying to cut a long ball that was sent to Machís when his left foot got caught in the ground and he had a sharp turn, ending with the ankle completely shattered.
So impressive was the image that his companions asked for change once he was on the groundEven James Rodríguez put his hands to his head, after which the doctors came to assist him and the player came out screaming in pain.
The Ecuadorian referee Guillermo Guerrero had expelled Machís for the play, but after reviewing the VAR he reversed his decision because it was a fortuitous action.