It was only a matter of time before it happened and on matchday five, it finally did. Copa America 2015’s first face kick came in Bolivia’s surprising upset against Ecuador. Naturally, the moment occurred once the frustration of falling behind 2–0 within the firs 20 minutes of the match and then missing a penalty in the 38th minute (Enner Valencia) set in.
Frickson Erazo attempted a kung-fu overhead clearance, but connected with Damian Lizio’s forehead in addition to the ball, earning himself a yellow card and gifting Bolivia with a penalty that would put them up 3–0 before halftime.
Ecuador went on to score twice in the second half, but lost 3–2 to allow overlooked Bolivia to take the lead in Group A (at least momentarily).
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.