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Colombia's Sanchez sees second-quickest World Cup red card

Tuesday June 19 2018

Slovenian referee Damir Skomina shows a red card to Colombia's midfielder Carlos Sanchez (bottom) for handling the ball during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group H match against Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | FILIPPO MONTEFORTE | AFP

Slovenian referee Damir Skomina shows a red card to Colombia's midfielder Carlos Sanchez (bottom) for handling the ball during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group H match against Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 19, 2018. PHOTO | FILIPPO MONTEFORTE | AFP  

Carlos Sanchez received the second-quickest red card in World Cup history when he was dismissed in Colombia's World Cup Group H opener against Japan.

The midfielder was sent off after two minutes and 56 seconds in Saransk, having been deemed to have deliberately handled Shinji Kagawa's 20-yard drive with his arm.

Referee Damir Skomina pointed to the penalty spot and Kagawa beat David Ospina from 12 yards, but Sanchez's dismissal was not the earliest in World Cup history.

That record still belongs to Jose Alberto Batista, who was given his marching orders just 54 seconds into Uruguay's final group match against Scotland at Mexico 1986.

Sanchez became the first player to get a red card in the Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

Kagawa converted the resultant penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal to give Japan the lead.

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