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Footballer Credited With Saving Opponent’s Life On Pitch After Horrific Collision

Jaba Kankava rushed to save Oleg Gusev after he was knocked unconscious.

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In the 22nd minute of a Ukrainian Premier League match, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk goalkeeper Denis Boyko came to claim a high ball and collided with Dynamo Kiev captain Oleg Gusev.

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The Dynamo captain was immediately knocked unconscious after being accidentally struck by Boyko’s knee.

Having witnessed the collision, Kankava rushed to his opponent’s aid and managed to clear Gusev’s airway by reportedly pulling his tongue back out of his throat after the midfielder swallowed it.

Gusev regained consciousness soon after Kankava's intervention and after being stretchered away was later taken to hospital.


A statement on the Dynamo Kiev website on Monday said the player suffered “serious injuries” and is currently being examined by doctors who will later decide on how to treat him.

A banner has also be created for fans to sign to send the club’s captain their best wishes and support.