Hector Herrera is fighting for playing time in his first season at FC Porto. Days like this won’t help his cause.
Herrera was sent off six minutes into Porto’s UEFA Champions League game against Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday, after referee Paolo Tagliavento showed him two yellow cards in the span of 20 seconds. It is believed to be a Champions League record for the fastest two yellow cards in the competition’s history (but we’re still waiting for official confirmation from UEFA before we call the good people at Guinness).
Herrera’s mistimed tackle on Hulk earned him his first caution of the game. Seconds later, he charged out of Porto’s defensive wall too early (to block Hulk’s free kick) and received his second yellow for not respecting wall distance.
10-man Porto eventually lost its Group G game 1-0.
Herrera has only appeared in two Primeira Liga (Portuguese first division) games and two Champions League game so far in the 2013-14 season — his first in European soccer. Tuesday’s game marked the 23-year-old Mexican midfielder’s full Champions League debut. It was an unforgettable one, albeit for all the wrong reasons.
The look of disbelief on Herrera’s face is somewhat priceless.
See Herrera’s unfortunate performance in the video below.
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