A reporter crashed to the turf when a ball hit her head during the warm-up before Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final between Valencia and Arsenal.
Mónica Benavent was reporting for beIN SPORTS España during the build-up to the second leg clash at the Mestalla when she was suddenly taken out.
— Kepa Etxebarria (@Kepa_Etxebarria) May 9, 2019
A man in front of her attempted to head the flying pass but was unable to connect, leaving Benavent to take the ball to the back of her head.
The force of it knocks her over, but fortunately she tweeted later to confirm she was okay, joking it was nothing an Ibuprofen couldn’t cure.
¡Vivita y coleando! Os escribe la primera en comprobar que el @valenciacf estaba afinando la puntería para el #ValenciaArsenal que sí ya pintaba a épico, para mi lo empieza a ser. 🤣 💪🏽 Nada que no cure un Ibuprofeno. #ElMédicoYaLeDijoAMiMadreQueTeníaUnaBuenaCabeza pic.twitter.com/ipTrdcIuVO
— Mónica Benavent (@monicabenaventv) May 9, 2019
She also posed for a photo with a ball, presumably the one which caused her headache.
In the game itself, Arsenal booked a final date in Baku against Chelsea with a 4-2 win on the night, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick.
This happened about 5 yards from us. I think they were aiming for Keown… pic.twitter.com/c27S4auGdI
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) May 9, 2019