Qatar 2022: Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar Toca shows the first red card of the World Cup

The story was waiting Mario Escobar so that the Guatemalan was the first World Cup referee to show the only red card of the championship.

At minute 86, and when Wales needed their goalkeeper the most to keep a valuable goalless draw on the scoreboard, Wayne Hennessey He left his area to prevent an Iranian player from continuing to run almost alone towards the goal, but kicked him hard in the opponent’s stomach and the Guatemalan referee did not hesitate to expel him.

It is the first red of Qatar 2022 and that conditioned the future of Wales, which would end up falling apart in the replacement minutes after conceding two goals at 98 ‘and 101’ for the surprising 2-1 victory of the Asian country.

The Guatemalan had booked Hennessey but after resorting to VAR to review the play, he decided to expel him from the game. (Free Press Photo: AFP)

The decision made by Escobar Toca to expel the Welsh goalkeeper, It was well justified due to the excessive force with which the goalkeeper came out to try to stop the Iranian counterattack. A very clear foul and deserving of expulsion.

With this defeat, Wales on the brink of World Cup eliminationwhile Iran is shaping up to fight for first place in the Group B with England and the United States.

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