World Cup 2014: Maxi Pereira gets first red card of tournament (GIF)

The first World Cup 2014 red card has been handed out and it just added insult to injury for the 2010 semifinalists, Uruguay, thanks to defender Maxi Pereira, who picked the foul up in the closing moments of the team’s World Cup opening loss to Costa Rica.

With just one minute remaining in stoppage time, Pereira made a terrible challenge to pick up the booking.

He will now watch Uruguay’s next match from the sidelines.

Uruguay is also in penalty trouble with three other players in the book with yellow cards — midfielder Walter Gargano, defender Martín Cáceres and defender Diego Lugano. If either player picks up a yellow card in the group stage, they will also be facing a suspension.

Here is a GIF of Pereira’s hard foul that drew the red card:


And here is the booking:


Costa Rica went on to stun Uruguay with a 3-0 victory.

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