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Uruguay's Batista shown fastest red card

Posted: June 12, 2014 - 4:53pm  |  Updated: June 13, 2014 - 12:21am
FILE - In this June 13, 1986 file photo, French referee Joel Quiniou, rear right, shows a red card to Uruguayan player Jose Batista, seated centre, for a bad tackle on Scotland's Gordon Strachan, on the pitch left, within the first minute of the start of the World Cup soccer match between Scotland and Uruguay in Mexico City, Mexico. Uruguayan players Jorge Barrios, right and Venacio Ramos, third right, appeal against the sending off. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.  On this day: Uruguay's Bastista gets the fastest red card in World Cup history. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)  Bob Dear
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FILE - In this June 13, 1986 file photo, French referee Joel Quiniou, rear right, shows a red card to Uruguayan player Jose Batista, seated centre, for a bad tackle on Scotland's Gordon Strachan, on the pitch left, within the first minute of the start of the World Cup soccer match between Scotland and Uruguay in Mexico City, Mexico. Uruguayan players Jorge Barrios, right and Venacio Ramos, third right, appeal against the sending off. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. On this day: Uruguay's Bastista gets the fastest red card in World Cup history. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)

On June 13 in World Cup history: Uruguay’s Jose Batista gets fastest red card in the Mexico City suburb of Nezahualcoyotl in 1986.

Jose Batista was shown a red card inside the first minute in a group match against Alex Ferguson’s Scotland after he scythed down midfielder Gordon Strachan. His dismissal by French referee Joel Quiniou remains the fastest in World Cup history. Despite the one-man advantage for nearly the whole match, the game ended 0-0 and Scotland was eliminated. In its eight appearances at the World Cup, Scotland has yet to progress beyond the group stage. Uruguay, despite coming third in the group behind Denmark and West Germany, qualified for the round of 16 where it lost to eventual champion Argentina.

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