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Dinamo Zagreb sub sent off after 30 seconds

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Dinamo Zagreb star Ante Rukavina endured an evening to forget in the Champions League last night, after he was sent off just 30 seconds after coming on as a substitute in his side's 2-0 home defeat against Austria Vienna.

The 27-year-old forward arrived midway through the second-half of Wednesday's first leg qualifier, only to be given his marching orders for a dangerous high foot lunge after only 10 seconds of actual playing time.

Replays showed that Howard Webb's decision to produce a red card might have been a little harsh, given the fact that Rukavina clearly had eyes on the ball, as well as the fact he was still settling into the game.

With Zagreb already one goal down thanks to a goal from Marin Leovac, Rukavina's dismissal proved costly for the Croatian outfit, who conceded again minutes later, as Marko Stankovic put Austria Vienna within touching distance of the Champions League group stages.

The surprise loss prompted the shock sacking of Dinamo Zagreb coach Krunoslav Jurcic, who has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect, according to a statement from club president Zdravko Mamic on Thursday morning.

"We would like to thank Jurcic for everything he has done but we played only one decent game of football out of 12 in all competitions this season and we had no choice but to release him after a pitiful display against Austria," he said.

"We have no options at the moment so Jurcic's assistant Damir Krznar will be in charge for the return leg against Austria on Tuesday where we hope to overturn the deficit."

Watch footage of Ante Rukavina's high-foot tackle in the video above - with thanks to 101greatgoals.com - and have your say on whether you think he deserved to be sent off in the comment box provided.

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