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DTotD: Atletico Nacional midfielder receives red card 27 seconds into match

Ryan Bailey
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Colombian champions Atlético Nacional hosted Uruguayan side Club Nacional in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday evening, and Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez wasted absolutely no time in brandishing his authority on the game.

Just 27 seconds had passed before Atlético Nacional midfielder Alejandro Bernal violently stamped on the ankle of opposing midfielder Maximiliano Calzada. The ref was well within his rights to get the red card out with less than half a minute played.

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This isn't the dirtiest DTotD you will find on the pages of this blog, but it earns its stripes for its status as the fastest red card in Copa Libertadores history.

While Bernal was enjoying a leisurely shower, ten-man Atlético Nacional were 2-0 down at the break, but managed to fight back to a 2-2 draw that will keep them on course for the knockout stages of the competition.

This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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