Top 5 fastest World Cup red cards

Carlos Sanchez was sent off just three minutes into Colombia’s World Cup opening clash with Japan, after handling the ball in the box.

But remarkably, this isn’t the fastest red card in World Cup history – one was a whole TWO minutes quicker!

Sanchez was given his marching orders when he handled the ball in his own area, following a shot from Yuya Osako after a blocked effort from former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa fell at his feet.

The 32-year-old, who plays his club football for Espanyol in Spain, prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity, and the subsequent penalty that was awarded to Japan was confidently dispatched by Kagawa.

A fast start to the game to say the least!

But as we say, the red card wasn’t the quickest in the history of the World Cup. So what is? Here’s the top five fastest sending offs…


Name: Gianluca Pagliuca

Team: Italy

Opposition: Norway

Date: 23/06/1994

Time of sending off: 20:52


Name: Miguel Angel Bossio

Team: Uruguay

Opposition: Denmark

Date: 08/06/1986

Time of sending off: 19:14


Name: Mohammed Al Khilaiwi

Team: Saudi Arabia

Opposition: France

Date: 18/06/1998

Time of sending off: 18:14


Name: Carlos Sanchez

Team: Colombia

Opposition: Japan

Date: 19/06/2018

Time of sending off: 02:56


Name: Jose Alberto Batista

Team: Uruguay

Opposition: Scotland

Date: 13/06/1986

Time of sending off: 00:54

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