After a nervy goalless draw against international minnows Iceland in Reykjavík last week, Croatia finally broke the deadlock in the 27th minute of their World Cup play-off second leg via the right boot of Mario Mandžukić.
Just ten minutes after putting his side on the path to World Cup glory, the Bayern Munich striker jeopardized his hero status by nestling the studs of his left boot firmly into the groin of Johann Gudmundsson, sending the Icelandic winger crashing to the ground in agony.
Mandžukić received a red card for his horror tackle on Gudmundsson's tackle, forcing Croatia to play out the rest of the game with ten men. Iceland were given a golden chance to become the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup, but the Croatians held on and even scored another shortly after half time.
Croatia evoked further controversy at the final whistle when victorious defender Joe Šimunić led the crowd in a pro-Nazi chant, metaphorically stamping on the groin of most of the western world.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.
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