DTotD: Costa Rican player gets fouled, then kicked in the face by Club America


Costa Rican side Herediano beat Club America 3–0 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, prompting the losing side to take out their frustration on one player specifically.

Herediano’s Cristhian Lagos took the ball off of Michael Arroyo, who retaliated by planting his studs in Lagos’ ankle. This sent the Costa Rican to the ground and when Arroyo’s teammate went to kick the ball away, he connected with Lagos’ face instead.

Arroyo was shown a red card for the initial challenge, but Paolo Goltz went unpunished for the face kick. Lagos was substituted in the 78th minute and his replacement, Jonathan Hansen, went on to score Herediano’s third goal four minutes later.

This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.