England star Alex Greenwood suffers a horrific cut above his right eye in the fierce World Cup final which saw Spain’s Salma Paralluelo knee him in the face
- Alex Greenwood was left with a painful cut on his eye in the World Cup final
- The England star drew blood after being kneeled in the face by Salma Paralluelo
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The Lionesses defender fell in the 77th minute after coming up against Spain winger Salma Paralluelo as the pair battled for possession.
Greenwood fared less well in the aerial duel and received long treatment on the ground in sydney as the English physiotherapy team cared for her.
The 29-year-old appeared to be kneed in the face by her Spanish counterpart and dripped blood as she lay on the ground as play was halted in the final.
Paralluelo received a yellow card following his foul play on the England star.
England star Alex Greenwood (middle with blindfold) was treated for an eye injury in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final
Greenwood suffered what looks like a deep cut to her eye after being hit in the face during a foul
Footage shows Greenwood was left with a 1-2cm deep cut below her right eyebrow after it was repaired by the England medical team.
There was also significant swelling around his eye and showed that the injury had caused the skin to press on top of his eye.
Greenwood was able to see the remainder of the game after being allowed to remain on the court after the blood was cleared.
His treatment contributed to them being a whopping 13 minutes of added stoppage time at the end of the World Cup encounter.
Greenwood was bloodied by the injury but continued to play for the remainder of the game
Spain’s Salma Paralluelo (right) kneeled Greenwood (middle) in the face while challenging for the ball
Despite Greenwood’s determination, England failed to return against their European opponent who won the title.
The England No.5 wore a blindfold for the remainder of the match before removing it full time to reveal the extent of her injury.
Describing the head injury at the time, BBC commentator Rachel Brown-Finnis said in a comment: “You can see the blood on Alex Greenwood’s head.” It’s a high knee to the face of Salma Paralluelo.
“If it’s a catch-up job, Greenwood will stay. If there’s a whiff of concussion, then a key part of the defense will be gone. It’s not a pretty sight.