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Kankava has been credited with a lightning reaction to save Dynamo Kiev captain Oleg Gusev after he had swallowed his tongue following a horror collision with Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko.
A Kiev attack came to nothing when a cross was plucked out the air by Dnipro keeper Denys Boyko, however the keeper wiped out Dynamo captain Oleg Gusev when he claimed the ball.
In a horrific accident, Boyko knocked out Gusev with a high boot, and immediately it became appeared that the unconscious Gusiev had swallowed his tongue.
Players from both sides instinctively ran to Gusev's aid as the worst fears began to seem a reality, and the medics soon followed to take over.
Kankava has been credited with pulling Gusev's tongue out from his throat, thereby saving his opponent's life.