Netherlands’ Dirk Kuyt has head stapled during World Cup match with Brazil

(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Apparently, someone cared about the World Cup’s third-place game.

Just before halftime of Saturday’s consolation game against Brazil, Netherlands wing player Dirk Kuyt suffered a nasty gash to his head that sent a stream of blood spilling down his neck. Never mind that the Dutch were in control, up 2-0 on two early goals. Kuyt was determined to finish out what would be his final international match, as was announced prior to the World Cup.

To stop the bleeding, the Dutch utility player went to the sideline, got on his knees, kneeled and let the medical staff apply staples to his head, without any pain medication. Kuyt returned for the second half to help the Netherlands close out its 3-0 win against Brazil and clinch the bronze medal.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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Brandon Parker · July 12, 2014