Yes, the players dive, flop, and fake it. But sometimes, they legitimately go down hard. Very hard.
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Published July 11, 2018
Published 11 days ago
PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty ImagesCRASH LANDINGUruguay's Martin Caceres braces for Portugal's Jose Fonte to make landfall.
FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty ImagesSOFT SHOULDERRadamel Falcao goes topsy-turvy — while maintaining pointed toes— in Colombia's game against Japan.EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesTURF GYMNASTICSSerbia's Dusko Tosic (in white) pommel-horses over Johnny Acosta of Costa Rica.
FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty ImagesTOES PLANTED, FACE FIRSTA hard landing awaits Robert Lewandowski in Poland's game against Senegal.
ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty ImagesBRACE YOURSELFEngland's Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets a hand down before kissing the turf.FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty ImagesUPS AND DOWNSGermany's Jerome Boateng and Mexico's Javier Hernandez (in green) take flying lessons.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty ImagesTOUGH-GUY BALLETArgentina's Nicolas Otamendi (in white) gracefully brings down Mario Mandzukic of Croatia.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesHORIZONTAL WITH A CHANCE OF PAINNeymar gets whacked by Valon Behrami of Switzerland.EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesBELLY FLOPSenegal's Sadio Mane falls all over Sandiago Arias of Colombia.PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty ImagesCOLLISION COURSESami Khedira of Germany (in air) and Mexico's Hector Moreno feel the impact.
NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesBOOMMexico's Hirving Lozano stands while Germany's Joshua Kimmich prepares for skid marks.