Senegal’s Pape Souare delivers ugly kick to the head of Hector Herrera in men’s soccer quarterfinal

Brooks Peck
Fourth-Place Medal

Senegal scored twice in seven minutes to push its men's soccer quarterfinal match against Mexico to extra time before Mexico eventually won 4-2. It was a valiant, and at times violent, effort from Senegal, which was making its first-ever appearance in the tournament.

The most violent part came late in the second half when Senegal defender Pape Souare launched himself into the air for a header, but instead of going for the ball, he kicked Mexico's Hector Herrera in the head at the peak of his jump (gif here). Herrera managed to stay on his feet, but even more shocking than the kick itself was the fact that referee Mark Clattenburg only showed Souare a yellow card.

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Mexico got a bit of revenge a short time later when Oribe Peralta planted his studs in Senegal keeper Ousmane Mane's thigh. Though the best revenge came when Gio Dos Santos scored his third goal of the competition in the 98th minute and Herrera himself added the goal that sealed the win for Mexico in the 109th minute.

Mexico will now play Japan in the semifinals -- a rematch of the 1968 bronze-medal match, which Japan won 2-0 in Mexico City.

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