Marcos Rojo was shown a straight red card during the final seconds of Sunday’s Superclasico between fierce Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.
The former Manchester United defender produced a flying kick that caught River’s No. 11 Nicolas De la Cruz flush in the face.
Rojo could have few complaints when referee Dario Herrera immediately flashed the red card in his direction. It was an incredibly reckless and dangerous challenge.
Making Rojo’s challenge even more inexplicable is the fact Boca were moments away from securing all three points.
Dario Benedetto had put Boca 1-0 up at La Bombonera in the 65th minute of the match.
But when the ball bounced outside the penalty area with 30 seconds left on the clock, Rojo took no chances, clearing both the ball and his opponent.
De la Cruz ended up with his head on the ground and his legs in the air.
Video: Marcos Rojo’s red card tackle for Boca Juniors v River Plate
Check out the footage here:
Boca Juniors end the match with 10 men, a straight red card for captain Marcos Rojo. 🟥 pic.twitter.com/GchSrrMuFF— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 11, 2022
Remarkably, Rojo never received a single red card during his 122 appearances for Man United.
But the Old Trafford faithful will always have a soft spot for the Argentina international because of his passion and unpredictability.
Reaction to Marcos Rojo’s red card
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Ten-man Boca managed to end the match with their clean sheet intact and subsequently moved three points clear of their neighbours in the table.
Rojo spent a total of seven years on United’s books, eventually leaving Manchester in 2021.
The South American mostly played as a left-back for the Red Devils, although was also deployed at centre-back on occasions.
Although never the most consistent or reliable of defenders, Rojo managed to win four trophies during his time with the Premier League giants: the FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and the Community Shield.
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