Cristiano Ronaldo gets cut, uses phone to check out facial injury

Jan. 22 (UPI) — Cristiano Ronaldo used a cellphone to examine a cut on his face during Real Madrid’s win against Deportivo.

Madrid won the matchup 7-1 Sunday at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. Ronaldo suffered the injury in the 84th minute of the match.

The Portuguese striker took a cross from Lucas Vazquez and headed it into the goal past Deportivo keeper Ruben Ivan Martinez for a 6-1 lead. But immediately after hitting the ball, he was kicked in the face by center back Fabian Schar.

Ronaldo writhed in pain on the pitch for a few minutes before being escorted off the field by a member of the team’s staff. He was given a cellphone to assess the injury, using it as a mirror to check himself out while wiping blood away.

“He has got a wound and I think he’s been given two or three stitches. He’s alright,” Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said after the match.

Madrid went down 1-0 after Adrian Lopez’s score in the 23rd minute. But Ronaldo’s squad evened things up in the 32nd minute on a far post strike from Nacho.

Gareth Bale got Madrid a 2-1 advantage when he hit a beautiful far post strike into the left corner in the 42nd minute. Bale struck again with a header for a score in the 58th minute.

Ronaldo back heeled an assist to teammate Luka Modric in the 68th minute, before getting his first goal of the match in the 78th minute.

The Ballon d’Or winner tapped in a beautiful far post cross from Casemiro with his left boot for the score. He returned for his brutal header goal just six minutes later.

Nacho tapped in the final score in the 88th minute, turning his body to rip in a left-footed finish.

“It’s always great and a positive feeling to win, netting seven goals at home,” Zidane said after the match. “It’s not every day you get seven goals at the Bernabéu so we’re thrilled with that today. We were hungry to get a result like this and now we want a repeat performance on Wednesday and next Saturday. We enjoyed our football and the match”.


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