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Mexico's Montes and Italy's Montolivo break legs
by Paul Kennedy, May 31st, 2014 6:02PM
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TAGS:  ghana, italy, mexico, netherlands, world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP 2014 FRIENDLIES] A horrible injury knocked Mexico's Luis Montes out of World Cup. He suffered a tibia and fibula fracture in a collision with Ecuador’s Segundo Castillo in the first half of El Tri's 3-1 win in their friendly before 84,876 fans in Arlington, Texas.

Montes had scored the first goal of the game five minutes before Castillo and he went in for a ball in midfield. Teammate Hector Moreno could be seen crying and other players were visibly shaked up as Montes was carried off. Castillo suffered a knee injury in the collision and in all likelihood will also miss the World Cup himself.

Later, Mexico captain Rafael Marquez, Montes' Leon teammate, had leave the game with a foot injury. Marquez posted a statement on his Instagram account to say his foot was not broken.

ITALY-IRELAND. Italy lost midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg in a challenge by defender Alex Pearce in the Azzurri's match with Ireland in London. The collision came in the 10th minute. Montolivo tried to stand up to test his leg but went to ground and was carried off on a stretcher.

NETHERLANDS-GHANA. Ghana fell to the Netherlands, 1-0, in their friendly on an early Robin van Persie goal.

The Oranje had numerous chances to add to their lead, but Ghana keeper Adam Kwarasey made several big saves to keep the score close. The Black Stars lost center back Jerry Akaminko for the World Cup with a broken ankle suffered in stoppage time.

-- Cristiano Ronaldo did not dress in Portugal's 0-0 tie with Greece.

PRE-WORLD CUP, Saturday:
May 31 in Osijek
Croatia 2 Mali 1
May 31 in Oslo
Norway 1 Russia 1
May 31 in Sion
Algeria 3 Armenia 1
May 31 in Lisbon
Portugal 0 Greece 0
May 31 in London
Italy 0 Ireland 0
May 31 in Rotterdam
Netherlands 1 Ghana 0
May 31 in Arlington, Texas
Mexico 3 Ecuador 1
Att.: 84,876.
May 31 in Buenos Aires
Colombia 2 Senegal 2

PRE-WORLD CUP, Schedule:
June 1 in Harrison, N.J.
USA vs. Turkey
June 1 in Stockholm
Sweden vs. Belgium
June 1 in Houston
Honduras vs. Israel
June 1 in Moenchengladbach
Germany vs. Cameroon
June 1 in Nice
France vs. Paraguay
June 2 in Tampa, Fla.

Costa Rica vs. Japan
June 3 in Goiania
Brazil vs. Panama
June 3 in Chester, Pa.

Greece vs. Nigeria
June 3 in Chicago
Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 3 in Lucerne
Switzerland vs. Peru
June 4 in Frisco, Texas
Ivory Coast vs. El Salvador
June 4 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England vs. Ecuador
June 4 in La Plata
Argentina vs. Trinidad & Tobago
June 4 in Montevideo
Uruguay vs. Slovenia
June 4 in Valparaiso
Chile vs. Northern Ireland
June 4 in Verona
Italy vs. Luxembourg
June 4 in Amsterdam
Netherlands vs. Wales
June 4 in Geneva
Algeria vs. Romania
June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.
Portugal vs. Mexico
June 6 in Harrison, N.J.
Greece vs. Bolivia
June 6 in Salvador
Croatia vs. Australia
June 6 in Sao Paulo
Brazil vs. Serbia
June 6 in Moscow
Russia vs. Morocco
June 6 in Tampa, Fla.
Japan vs. Zambia
June 6 in Mainz
Germany vs. Armenia
June 6 in Buenos Aires
Colombia vs. Jordan
June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.
USA vs. Nigeria
June 7 in Buenos Aires
Argentina vs. Slovenia
June 7 in Brussels
Belgium vs. Tunisia
June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England vs. Honduras
June 7 in Landover, Md.
Spain vs. El Salvador
June 7 in Foxboro, Mass.
Costa Rica vs. Ireland
June 8 in Sao Paulo
Iran vs. Trinidad & Tobago
June 8 in Lille

France vs. Jamaica
June 9 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Ghana vs. South Korea
June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Portugal vs. Ireland

May 30 in St. Louis
Bosnia & Herzegovina 2 Ivory Coast 1
Att.; 14,101.
May 30 in Montevideo
Uruguay 1 Northern Ireland 0
May 30 in Hartberg
Iran 1 Angola 1
May 30 in Santiago
Chile 3 Egypt 2
May 30 in Seville
Spain 2 Bolivia 0
May 30 in London
England 3 Peru 0
May 30 in Lucerne
Switzerland 1 Jamaica 0
May 29 in Kufstein
Cameroon 2 Paraguay 1
May 29 in Washington, D.C.
Honduras 0 Turkey 2
Att.: 20,723.
May 28 in Mexico City
Mexico 3 Israel 0
May 28 in Seoul
South Korea 0 Tunisia 1
May 28 in London
Nigeria 2 Scotland 2
May 27 in San Francisco
USA 1 Azerbaijan 0
Att.: 24,688.
May 27 in Saitama
Japan 1 Cyprus 0
May 27 in St. Denis
France 4 Norway 0
May 26 in Kufstein
Cameroon 2 Macedonia 0
May 26 in Hartberg
Iran 0 Montenegro 0
May 26 in St. Petersburg
Russia 1 Slovakia 0
May 26 in Sydney
Australia 1 South Africa 1
May 26 in Genk
Belgium 5 Luxembourg 1
May 18 in Kapfenberg
Iran 0 Belarus 0.
May 17 in Amsterdam
Netherlands 1 Ecuador 1.
May 13 in Hamburg
Germany 0 Poland 0.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: May 31, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.
    Poor refereeing in that Mexico match. One serious injury and a couple of questionable challenges later, a card finally appeared in the 70-something minute to try to tamp down the high boots and rash challenges. I understand, it's a friendly, no one wants to see cards, but when the health and safety of the players is in doubt, then cards should be shown. There has been no mention of the deliberate handling by the Ecuadorian player on the ground inside the 6 yard box who essentially took a teammate's goal out of the net because of his petulance.
  1. Nancy Carr-swaim
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.
    Did anyone else notice that the medics were using shinguards to splint Montes' leg before taking him away? What happened to using a proper splint for this injury? A shinguard couldn't possible support the two broken bones in his leg! I also noticed someone straightening his leg immediately when arriving upon the injured player. Another mistake! They may have made his injuries worse by these actions!

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