Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez gets 1st red of tournament

Carlos Sanchez's red card in the fifth minute, is the fasting sending off in a World Cup game since 1986.

Carlos Sanchez was sent off in their Group H clash against Japan on Tuesday, June 19 after handling the ball in the box.

Slovenian referee Damir Skomina flashed a straight red card for Carlos Sanchez after he blocked a Shinji Kagawa’s shot with his arms.

Kagawa stepped up to score the resulting penalty to put Japan in the lead. The game ended 2-1 in favour of the Asians.

The red card was the fastest shown at a World Cup game since Jose Alberto Batista was sent off just 54 seconds for Uruguay against Scotland in 1986.

At 32, Carlos Sanchez is playing in his third World Cup after representing Colombia at South 2010 and Brazil 2014.

The midfielder has played for the likes of Elche, Aston Villa, Fiorentina and Espanyol.


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