Colombian midfielder Carlos Sancez has become the first footballer to be shown the second-fastest red card in World Cup history.
The former Aston Villa player was sent off just three minutes into Colombia’s clash against Japan on Tuesday, June 19.
The 32-year old blocked a goal-bound shot from former Manchester United star, Shinji Kagawa, with his right arm inside the box leading to his punishment by referee Damir Skomina.
The marching orders to one of their key players left Colombia devastated even as they went on to lose their opening Group H match against the Asian nation.
Jose Pekerman’s side was defeated 2-1, with Kagawa opening the scoring for Japan from the penalty spot prior to Sanchez’s red card.
Juan Quintero restored parity for Colombia in the 39th minute, with Yuya Osako making it 2-1 for Japan in the 73rd minute.