Just like last season, the Seattle Sounders are rolling into the MLS playoffs. Unfortunately, just like last season, they’ll have to make due without Clint Dempsey — at least for the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal. Dempsey was issued a straight red card in the 24th minute of the Sounders' final regular season match on Sunday after the VAR was consulted to spot an elbow from the USMNT legend on Colorado Rapids defender Mike da Fonte.
Things got wet and wild in the 42nd minute of Barcelona’s Champions League encounter with Olympiacos when Gerard Pique received a second yellow card for attempting to recreate Diego Maradona’s Hand of God goal. It was a moment of madness — a certain looking goal suddenly transforming into a sending off for Barca’s best defender.
Leon defeated Tigres 1-0 on Saturday with Mexican international Elias Hernandez scoring the lone goal, but the game’s best sequence of action was saved for the 88th minute when winger Andres Andrade performed a dribble worthy of the club’s La Fiera moniker.
Andrade left Tigres’ Jorge Torres splayed on the floor twice in the space of four seconds. Torres responded by attempting to slice Andrade’s Achilles, but the defender’s premeditated bit of violence only served to highlight the destruction that Andrade had unleashed.
We all know breakups can be tough. One day everything is hunky-dory, next thing you know your sweet heart leaves you and you're faced with running into them in public.
So what do you do? Greet them naturally? Pretend you don’t see them? Stare at them, tears in your eyes, for 90 minutes? Club America opted to kick their ex-star in the face.
That’s right. Former Club America star Rubens Sambueza was wildly kicked in the face by his compatriot Guido Rodriguez.
Sadio Mane earned straight red Saturday after going studs up against Manchester City keeper Ederson. It was a tough call for the refs to decide whether Mane deserved red, or perhaps a deeper shade of red than usual.
Sadio mane like this is Sparta !pic.twitter.com/tiKIRhfHa5
— Delfim Mendes (@fimfim7) September 9, 2017
You know a dirty game when you see one. Players go flying into tackles, things get chippy and the referee absolutely loses control of the match. Two or three red cards in a match is enough to make people cringe, but how about 36?
No, that’s not a typo — 36 red cards. In one game.