Red-card bonanza: 10 players sent off in Argentine cup final


With Boca Juniors only six players left on the field, the game ended early.

Ten red cards were handed out in the Champions Trophy final in Argentina after Racing Club midfielder Carlos Alcaraz unleashed a firefight with his match-winning goal for Boca Juniors fans.

Tempers can flare in the heated tension of a football match, but it remains unusual to see more than one red card in a match.

Those who would like to see the game end with fewer than 22 players were spoiled on Sunday.

Racing Club this year defeated the Argentine league and domestic cup champions Boca Juniors 2-1 in extra time, with midfielder Alcaraz scoring the winning goal for Racing in the 117th minute.

But the team’s elaborate goal celebrations in front of opposing fans sparked a fight. Alcarez was dragged by one ear before a melee ensued.

Alcaraz was sent off along with five Boca players, including Dario Benedetto, who was spotted by VAR and gestured that the umpires had been paid, and Carlos Zambrano, who was sitting on the bench.

Jonathan Galvan, an unused Racing replacement, was also shown red.

Boca’s Sebastian Villa and Racing’s Johan Carbonero had been sacked as early as 95 minutes after an argument broke out between the two, while Boca Juniors’ Alan Varela was awarded a second yellow just five minutes later.

A total of seven red cards were shown to Boca Juniors players and three to Racing Club players by Facundo Tello, a 40-year-old referee who will be among match officials at the World Cup in Qatar this month.

With Boca only six players left on the field, the game ended early.

The record for red cards in a World Cup match is four, during Portugal’s heady 2006 clash with the Netherlands.

But even Boca Juniors can’t compete with Buenos Aires rivals Claypole and Victoriano Arenas, whose 2011 game was issued a whopping 36 red cards after the match in the locker rooms after a massive outburst on the pitch.

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