World Cup: Colombia’s Sanchez Gets Fastest Red Card In 32 Years


Colombian defender, Carlos Sanchez on Tuesday, received the fastest red card at the World Cup since the 1986 edition in Mexico. It was also the first sending off at this year’s tournament in Russia.

Sanchez was dismissed in the sixth minute of their Group H clash with Japan, after handling the ball in the box.

Slovenian referee, Damir Skomina flashed a straight red card for the defender after he blocked Shinji Kagawa’s goal-bound shot with his right arm.

Borussia Dortmund forward, Shinji Kagawa stepped up to score the resulting penalty.

Sanchez, 32, is playing in his third World Cup for the South Americans, after featuring at the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

The fastest sending off in recent World Cups was Uruguay’s Jose Alberto Batista, who saw red in 54 seconds against Scotland in 1986.


Ashaolu Oluwafemi

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