Porto's Héctor Herrera scores Champions League record after getting two yellows in 20 seconds | inside World Soccer

FC Porto midfielder Héctor Herrera marked his full Champions League debut with the fastest dismissal for a double booking in the competition's history.

Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento shows the red card to Porto player Héctor Herrera
Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento shows the red card to Porto player Héctor Herrera

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The 23-year-old won a rare starting place for Porto against Zenit Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night, but he will want to forget his first Champions League start.

The game got off to a nightmare start for the hosts at Estádio do Dragão, with Herrera sent off after just six minutes in bizarre circumstances.

Herrera was shown his first yellow card when he brought down Hulk as the Zenit forward dashed towards goal in a counter-attack.

And the Mexican dismissed just seconds later after encroaching while Zenit were attempting to take the resulting free-kick.

It was the quickest dismissal in the history of the competition for a player receiving two yellow cards.

And Zenit eventually made the extra man count four minutes from time, with Aleksandr Kerzhakov rising highest to head home from a Hulk cross.

"I think it was a correct decision by the referee," Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti commented about the red card. "I would be surprised if he didn't see the second yellow."

Porto coach Paulo Fonseca added: "The sending-off was clearly decisive. Playing with 10 men after six minutes against a team with this quality hinders any strategy you may have."


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