‘The ultimate bonehead play’ – Carlos Sanchez given first red card of 2018 World Cup

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was sent off within the first three minutes of his side’s 2018 World Cup opener against Japan, the first red card of this year’s tournament.

Sanchez handled the ball to stop Shinji Kagawa’s goal-bound attempt, and the referee had no hesitation in brandishing the red card and pointing to the penalty spot.

Former Manchester United midfielder Kagawa scored from 12 yards, handing Colombia the worst possible start to their tournament before they pulled level through a Juan Quintero free-kick later in the half.

Indeed, the nation were without James Rodriguez, the midfielder who lit up the 2014 tournament in Brazil, from the start due to injury, though he did come off the bench in the second half. 

Sanchez’s sending off is also the second-fastest in World Cup history, after Uruguay’s Jose Batista, who was sent off within a minute of his side’s clash with Scotland in 1986.

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Social media, of course, had its say.









Colombia will also face Poland and Senegal in Group H, but will have to do without Sanchez.

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