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DTotD: Uruguay's Maxi Pereira earns the first red card of the 2014 World Cup

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It took nearly six full matches, but the 2014 World Cup's first red card came at the end of Costa Rica's 3-1 upset win over Uruguay and it was deserved. With a hacking kick, Uruguay's Maxi Pereira chopped down Costa Rica scorer Joel Campbell in the fourth minute of stoppage time at the end of the match.

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(Yahoo Sports)

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Given the result and the way it happened — with Uruguay taking an early lead and then allowed two goals in three minutes in the second half before Costa Rica added a third in the 84th minute — Pereira's act was almost certainly rooted in frustration.

This was the 160th red card in World Cup history and now gives Uruguay nine all-time, which is third behind Brazil (11) and Argentina (10). Uruguay's last World Cup red card was, of course, Luis Suarez's much talked about goal-line handball against Ghana in 2010. Suarez was on the bench for the match against Costa Rica due to injury.

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