Austrian striker Christoph Baumgartner, who offered Austria their first qualification for the round of 16 of the Euro, said he felt a strong “headache” after a shock that forced him to leave the field facing to Ukraine.
The hero of Austria, this Monday, is called Christoph Baumgartner, sole scorer (21st) in a match against Ukraine (1-0) which he would disappear a few moments after a knockout, victim of a shock that would end up forcing him to leave his partners a dozen minutes later.
After scoring, “I felt more and more pressure on the head over the minutes,” he told Austrian television ORF. “I have a really bad headache (…) but a day like this, I accept it gladly”, smiled the player of 21 years, saying to himself “filled”. “I can not yet realize,” he added. “We’ve made history, but the story is not over yet.”
The Austrian coach wanted to be reassuring
Christoph Baumgartner opened the scoring in the 21st minute, after a head-to-head clash with Ukrainian defender Ilya Zabarnyi, recovering the ball from a corner kick from David Alaba. However, he had to give up his place soon after, visibly shaken, leaving the field a large ice pack on the temple. He was then able to attend “the second half of the match from the stands,” a spokesperson for the Federation told AFP.
“He’s doing well,” team coach Franco Foda told reporters. “Fortunately, he stayed on the pitch ‘at first’ but then his head was spinning and it was better for him to come out.” The incident comes as the world players union (Fifpro) lamented last week that Frenchman Benjamin Pavard was not replaced after being struck in the face against Germany.
Pavard had collapsed under the violence of the shock, which occurred on the hour mark, his head suffering a second impact when hitting the ground. He had nevertheless been able to get up and, after a medical evaluation of a few minutes, had resumed the game. The doctor later ruled out the diagnosis of concussion, according to UEFA.