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Tuesday 2 September 2014

I can’t remember the first half of the World Cup Final, says injured Kramer

Published 14/07/2014 | 20:19

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Germany's Thomas Mueller helps up teammate Christoph Kramer after his heavy collision in the World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium
Germany's Thomas Mueller helps up teammate Christoph Kramer after his heavy collision in the World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium

German midfielder Christoph Kramer has admitted he can’t remember the first half of the World Cup Final after suffering as suspected concussion in Rio.

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Kramer was a later replacement for Sami Khedira in the middle of the field for the Germans after he picked up a calf injury during the warm-up, but was himself replaced by Andre Schurrle after receiving a heavy blow to the face in a collision with Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay.

Kramer continued to play for 14 minutes at the Maracana but after the half hour was finally called ashore before Joachim low’s side went on to claim victory in extra-time.

The Borussia Monchengladbach appeared disorientated he was helped off the field by medical staff and while the German FA has refused to make any comment on the incident, Kramer admits the game was a bit of a blur.

"I can't remember very much but it doesn't matter now," told German newspaper Die Welt after seeing his team-mates beat Argentina 1-0. "I have to send regards to my grandmother. She has a birthday today and I couldn't reach her.”

"I can't really remember much of the game,” he admitted.

 "I don't know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle. I have no idea how I got to the changing rooms. I don't know anything else. In my head, the game starts from the second half."

Kramer's head injury on the biggest stage revived concerns about the way football deals with concussions and follows on from similar incidents involving Uruguay’s Alvaro Perreira and Argentina’s Javier Mascherano.

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