Georgia’s Jano Ananidze displayed commendably fast reactions to help a stricken Fabian Schar after the Newcastle defender suffered a concerning injury while on international duty with Switzerland.
Goals from Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria saw the Swiss begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a straightforward 2-0 victory in Tbilisi on Saturday, yet the contest was most notable for a sickening clash of heads that occurred midway through the first half.
Schar appeared motionless on his back with his eyes closed and arms by his side after accidentally crashing into Georgian centre-back Jemal Tabidze while trying to connect with a corner during the Group D contest at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.
Georgian player Jano Ananidze rushed to his aid, using his fingers to try to free Schaer’s airway. The Georgian footballer put his hand in Schar’s mouth to free his tongue, being finally successful.
Schaer recovered quickly after further treatment from Swiss first-aiders, Swiss daily Blick reports, and was able to continue playing, helping set up Switzerland’s second-half goals for their 2:0 victory.
“It looks awful. I can’t remember anything”, the Newcastle player told the paper after being shown video footage. “I was out for a few seconds. My skull is still humming. And I’ve got neck ache and a bruise on my forehead. But it was worth it”.