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Dirty Tackle

This is what Cesc Fabregas did to get Sevilla’s Gary Medel sent off

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Cesc Fabregas helped Barcelona to a comeback win against Sevilla in more ways than one, keeping its perfect record intact through six La Liga matches. With Barca down 2-0, Fabregas scored in the 53rd minute to get it back in the match. Perhaps his most important contribution to the match, however, was when he got Sevilla midfielder sent off in the 72nd minute by putting on what was apparently a referee-convincing performance.

Medel and Fabregas came together away from the ball, in the middle of Barcelona's half, while the referee was distracted. The pair bumped chests and if there was any head-to-head contact, it was slight, but that didn't stop Cesc from staggering away and holding his face as if he'd been punched in the nose. This prompted the ref to act and he did so by showing Medel a straight red.

With Sevilla down to 10 men, Fabregas scored an equalizer in the 89th minute and David Villa pulled out a winner in the third minute of injury time.

Though Cesc's apparent embellishment worked, Sergio Busquets was surely disappointed that while he covered his face exceptionally well, he didn't immediately drop to the ground. So there is still room for improvement there. Anyway, at least Messi was happy...

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