Phil Neville gets hilariously crunched by Carles Puyol

Phil Neville gets hilariously crunched by Carles Puyol”

Night one was an eventful affair as Spain beat England 4-1 in the opening match, but the most noteworthy piece of action was an absolutely shocking challenge from Carles Puyol on Phil Neville.

Representing England, alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and David James, Neville found himself on the end of a crunching tackle midway through the game that drew gasps from the crowd at London's O2 Arena.

Ex-Barcelona captain Puyol was clearly enjoying being back on the pitch again and was charging around with his usual enthusiasm.

However, the veteran centre-back appeared to take the occasion too seriously as he launched a horrendous high tackle which made strong contact with Neville's knee.

The former Barca star just does not do half-measures, so he went in fully committed to a challenge he had no business being in and Neville was very lucky to walk away.

Phil Neville was representing England in the tournament when he was fouled
Phil Neville was representing England in the tournament when he was fouled

Naturally, Jamie Carragher thought the whole thing was brilliant. "I hope UEFA, FIFA and the FA all have a look at this", Neville joked in an interview with Sky Sports after the match.

'Honestly, it was a horrendous tackle. The referee, however, claimed Puyol got the ball. That was only two or three minutes into the game, so was a bit of an eye opener'.

Watch the above video to see Puyol's tackle.

Jamie Carragher seemed to be delighted though, tweeting: "Yeerrrssss!"

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