The Bayern Munich defender suffered a nasty collision that left him unconscious on the pitch but was allowed to continue playing.
Benjamin Pavard admits he was “knocked out for 10 to 15 seconds” during France’s Euro 2020 curtain-raiser against Germany on Tuesday.
A competition for the ball in the box in the second half saw Robin Gosens forcefully crash into Pavard, who dropped to the floor after completely losing control of his body.
The Frenchman received treatment for several minutes and eventually resumed action, with the incident raising questions over concussion protocols by UEFA.
“I took a real shock, yeah,” Pavard told beIN Sports. “I was a little knocked out for 10 to 15 seconds. After that, it was better.
France won the match 1-0, with a Mats Hummels own goal separating the two sides at the end of 90 minutes in Munich.
Pavard added: “It’s true that we came across a good team from Germany, which had possession, but we had a very good game defensively and offensively, and we were united.
“We feel good. Physically, we will gain even more power. It bodes well for the future.
“We defended well collectively. It’s a more than positive game. Yes, for sure it’s special to win against the Germans. We knew that this first game was important.
“Now, we will quickly recover because there is the second match which will come quickly in Hungary.”