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Swedish goalkeeper sent off in opening minute of league match

Orgryte have been struggling this season (©GettyImages)
Orgryte have been struggling this season (©GettyImages).

When you think of needless red cards, you instantly think of Zinedine Zidane's head-butt, or David Beckham's rash kick-out against Diego Simeone, but whilst these can be disregarded as moments of anger and madness, it is hard to put a recent dismissal into the same category.

Orgryte were all ready well up against it in this clash, and with just one win in 11, they faced a Hammerby side that sat eight places - and seven points - above them in the league.

Their task was made that much harder though less than a minute in, when goalkeeper Peter Abrahamsson gave the referee no choice but to show him the red card.

Hammerby lofted the ball forward, enticing the 25-year old to rush out of his area, and bizarrely punch the ball away from danger with both hands. However, he managed anything but getting his team out of danger, and the referee given no option but to produce the red card.

This reduced the home side to 10-men, as they faced an uphill battle for 89 minutes of this second-division clash.

It was a battle that they held their own in for a while, the game stuck at 0-0 until the away side finally broke the deadlock, before racing to a 3-0 victory.

The Orgryte manager will be less than impressed with Abrahamsson's antics, as his team sit five points away from safety, attempting to beat the drop in their first season in the Swedish Superettan.

 

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