Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez picked up the second-fastest red card in World Cup history during Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to Japan on Tuesday.
Sanchez took just four minutes to be given his marching orders as he deliberately stopped a shot going in with his arm, allowing Shinji Kagawa to score from the penalty spot.
Only Jose Alberto Batista was sent off at a World Cup quicker than the former Aston Villa man, the Uruguayan seeing red just 54 seconds into a World Cup match against Scotland at Mexico 1986.
Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado was to be the player sacrificed as he made way for Boca Juniors’ Wilmar Barrios on the half-hour mark.
Former Pescara attacker Juan Quintero started ahead of James Rodriguez, and he pulled one back for Colombia with a free kick, which crept in under the wall.
However, Japan were to win only their fifth World Cup game as Yuto Osako headed a corner in off the post with 17 minutes left on the clock.
Colombia 1-2 Japan
Quintero 39 (C) Kagawa pen 6, Osako 73 (J)
Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Davinson, Murillo, Mojica; Lerma, Carlos Sanchez; Cuadrado (Barrios 31), Quintero (James 59), Izquierdo (Bacca 70); Falcao
Japan: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Shibasaki (Yamaguchi 80), Hasebe; Haraguchi, Kagawa (Honda 70), Inui; Osako (Okazaki 85)
Referee: Skomina (SLO)
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