Extraordinary moment footballer is sent off for falling on rival after being smashed in the face with the ball

AN ARGENTINE footballer was incredibly sent off for falling on an opponent's leg – after being smashed in the face by the ball.

Juan Pablo Krilanovich was in action for Lanus reserves in Argentina against Banfield.






The 19-year-old winger pressed Banfield centre-back Lautaro Cardozo.

But as the backtracking Cardozo tried to clear his lines on the edge of his area, he inadvertently whacked the ball straight into Krilanovich's face.

The No11, understandably, collapsed to the ground in pain.

But as he fell, he accidentally landed on Cardozo's right leg, trapping it under his body.

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Cardozo was clearly in agony, writhing in pain after his knee bent awkwardly.

The referee, team-mates and opponents all looked concerned as the medical staff treated the stricken Cardozo.

But during the stoppage in play, the ref Martin Morenza then pulled out a red card to the shock of Krilanovich.

Cardozo was taken away on a stretcher with local reports saying he went to hospital with a serious injury.

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Banfield made the most of the extra player, recovering from 1-0 down to secure a 1-1 draw in the Argentine Reserves LPF league tie.

But fans on Twitter could not believe the incredibly harsh refereeing decision.

One said: "I don't know what's worse, the bad luck of the injury or being sent off for it."

Another replied: "The whole play is very unlucky."

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And a third wrote: "The refereeing is a disaster."

Attacker Krilanovich, born in 2002, joined Lanus in 2008 and progressed through the youth ranks.

He was part of the Argentina teams that won the 2017 South American U15 Championship and then the U17 version two years later.

Later in the same year, Krilanovich, who also has Croatian heritage, scored in the Fifa U17 World Cup in Brazil.

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