Marcos Rojo: Ex-Man Utd ace sent off for crazy tackle during Boca Juniors v River Plate

  • Rob Swan
Marcos Rojo shown straight red for crazy tackle in final seconds of Boca Juniors v River Plate

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.

Rojo's red card tackle
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Video: Marcos Rojo’s red card tackle for Boca Juniors v River Plate

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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.

Marcos Rojo Manchester United
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: United player Marcos Rojo reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and FK Rostov at Old Trafford on March 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

Marcos Rojo Manchester United
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – MAY 24: Marcos Rojo of Manchester United takes a selfie photograph with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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