The first red card of the FIFA 2018 Football World Cup was given to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez in their today’s encounter against Japan.
Carlos Sanchez was sent off the field less than three minutes into the game for an intentional handball that denied a goal-scoring opportunity. The play came after goalkeeper David Ospina had made a crucial early save, only to be out of position for the rebound. Shinji Kagawa was first to it and fired on goal, only for Sanchez to extend his arm to block the shot.
Referee Damir Skomina wasted little time in brandishing the red card, and Kagawa went on to convert the penalty kick, giving Japan a dream start in a balanced Group H.
This red card in less than three minutes into the game became the second-fastest in World Cup history with Uruguay’s Jose Batista still holding the record of 54 seconds from back in 1986.
Eventually Japan won the game 2 – 1 to become the first ever Asian side to defeat South American team at the World Cup.
In fact this is the first World Cup tournament in which as many as four South African teams have failed to win their opening game since 1974.