Football's 11 most shocking tackles of all time

Pedro Mendes, Ben Thatcher

5. Chris Mavinga on Carcela

Genk vs Standard Liege, 2011

Mavinga only played nine league games for Genk while on loan from Liverpool in 2011, but he certainly made his mark in his final appearance for the Belgian side – or, more specifically, on poor Standard Liege player Carcela.

In attempting to hook a loose ball out of play, Mavinga inadvertently swung a boot that almost decapitated his Moroccan opponent, leaving him with a broken jaw and nose that required surgery. 

"I did not sleep well, I thought I had killed him," a distraught Mavinga said later – something his haunted victim attested to. "I realise that I've been very lucky," said Carcela. "Thank God I'm still alive. After all, I could be dead."

Mavinga never played for Liverpool and has since spent time at Rennes, Rubin Kazan, Stade Reims and Troyes. Carcela can be found hopping off the bench for Granada these days. 

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