Berlin - Germany winger Andre Schuerrle has revealed how he
was first poleaxed, then needed stitches for a chin wound having scored on his
first competitive start for Borussia Dortmund.
Schuerrle, whose cross saw Mario Goetze score the winning
goal in the 2014 World Cup final, started his first game for Borussia on Monday
in a 3-0 German Cup first-round win at Eintracht Trier, following his 30
million euro ($34 million) transfer from Wolfsburg.
After Japan winger Shinji Kagawa netted twice at Trier,
Schuerrle volleyed home Borussia's third goal against the fourth-division
minnows, only to be later floored by a collision with Trier's goalkeeper Chris
Keilmann in the 53rd minute.
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Dortmund's medical staff used oxygen to revive him and he
had four metal tacks inserted for a chin wound, while still on the pitch,
before being taken off.
"It's a cut, I was tacked four times. I was a bit
dizzy, so it was also good that I was taken off," Schuerrle told German
"I have never experienced anything like that before. I
was my first competitive match (for Dortmund) and first of all I was knocked
out, then I could hardly walk."
Schuerrle soon saw the funny side and shared a joke with
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on the sidelines.
"I told him: we saved him from a third accident. We
relieved him (from further danger)," joked Tuchel.
Schuerrle hopes to be fit when Dortmund, last season's
Bundesliga runners-up, play their first German league game of the new season on
Saturday at home to Mainz with a sell-out crowd of 80,000 expected.For
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