Aaron Opoku given crazy red card in Hamburg 1-2 Darmstadt

Aaron Opoku

Hamburg winger, Aaron Opoku, picked up one of the craziest red cards of the season in his side’s 2. Bundesliga clash with Darmstadt on Friday evening.

Darmstadt took a two-goal lead after just seven minutes played thanks to goals from Patric Pfeiffer and Phillip Tietz.

Opoku started the match on the bench and was subbed on in the second half with the hopes that he could change the game.

However, he was on the pitch for just eight minutes after being sent off in cynical fashion.

Hamburg were on the break after Opuku, who had already picked up a yellow card, beat two players in the centre of the park.

In a desperate attempt to break up the counter, Fabian Holland grabbed Opoku’s shorts and prevented him from joining the attack.

That’s when Opoku lost it.

Aaron Opoku in action for Hamburg
BAYREUTH, GERMANY – JULY 30: Aaron Opoku of Hamburger SV (l) in action during the DFB Cup first round match between SpVgg Bayreuth and Hamburger SV at Hans-Walter-Wild Stadion on July 30, 2022 in Bayreuth, Germany. (Photo by Leonhard Simon/Getty Images)

After failing to shake off Holland, the 23-year-old lashed out and booted his opponent straight in the stomach.

The referee saw the whole incident unfold and stopped play immediately. He proceeded to jog over to Opoku and give him his marching orders.

It was a crazy red card and you can watch it below…


You can understand Opoku’s frustration – Holland’s foul was cynical and prevented him from getting forward.

But you just cannot react like that. There was only going to be one outcome as soon as he retaliated.

What makes it even worse is the fact Darmstadt were already down to 10 men themselves, with Klaus Gjasula being sent off moments before Opoku.

The incident is being widely shared on Reddit with many fans given their thoughts. View some reaction below…

Opoku’s red card was one of three in the game.

Hamburg managed to pull a goal back in the 87th minute through Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer, setting up a grandstand finish.

But Königsdörffer was sent off two minutes later to put an end to Hamburg’s hopes of a comeback.

Darmstadt have moved to the top of 2. Bundesliga having won four of their opening five games.

Hamburg are three points back in fourth.

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