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Video: Tottenham’s Emerson sent off for Brazil moments after horror challenge leads to red card at other end

Video: Horror challenge followed by Emerson red card amid Brazil chaos

Video: Horror challenge followed by Emerson red card amid Brazil chaos

Video: Tottenham’s Emerson sent off for Brazil moments after horror challenge leads to red card at other end

The early exchanges in the meeting between Ecuador and Brazil this evening have certainly not disappointed, culminating in both a goal and two red cards inside the opening 20 minutes of action.

The two nations are currently locked in action in Quito, as part of the latest round of CONMEBOL qualifiers for this year’s World Cup.

Thursday’s visitors Brazil have already booked the nation’s spot at the Qatar showpiece, courtesy of eleven wins from their thirteen qualifying fixtures prior to tonight.

In turn, when Casemiro’s 6th-minute opener at the Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado was added to by Ecuador shot-stopper Alexander Dominguez being given his marching orders on the quarter of an hour mark, yet another straightforward three-point haul appeared very much on the cards.

Dominguez could have had few complaints after being sent for an early bath, owing to a shocking high-footed challenge on Atletico Madrid’s Matheus Cunha:

Brazil’s man advantage, however, was soon wiped out.

This came after Emerson Royal too saw a red card brandished in his direction, albeit as a result of a pair of bookable offences.

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The 2nd is showcased below, with the Tottenham full-back having been comfortably beaten to the flight of the ball, before directing an awkward kick between the legs of Michael Estrada:

Alisson escapes

Remarkably, had it not been for the intervention of the VAR system in Quito, though, then the dismissal tally would actually not have ended at just two inside the opening half-hour of action in Quito.

This comes with Brazil no.1 Alisson having also been sent off, only to see the decision overturned on the back of a lengthy pitch-side check.

After emerging to the edge of his area to clear the ball courtesy of a high kick, the boot of the Liverpool standout, on his way down, connected with the face of the arriving Enner Valencia.

Replays, however, showcased the fact that the contact was completely accidental, culminating in Alisson’s blushes being spared:

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