Tensions ran high across the latest round of World Cup qualifiers, with some of football’s biggest stars losing their composureMario Balotelli saw red following four minutes of madness, Gonzalo Higuain was sent off for Argentina, but surely everyone would behave themselves this week, no?
Think again. Following his compatriot’s lead, Javier Mascherano was dismissed during Argentina’s 1-1 draw in Ecuador for kicking a member of the medical staff. That’s right, the Barcelona midfielder lashed out as he was escorted off the pitch for medical treatment.
Elsewhere, hard man Zlatan Ibrahimovic took ‘playing dirty’ to another level.
Having seen team-mate Andreas Granquist sent off on 79 minutes, the Sweden captain approached referee Nikolay Yordanov . At that point, Faroe Islands keeper Gunnar Nielsen jogged over to have his say, and with Yordanov looking elsewhere, the PSG striker tossed the ball straight into Nielsen’s face. Crafty.
Ibrahimovic would have the last laugh in this tussle, scoring twice as Sweden ran out 2-0 winners.
So there you have it, some incredible scenes from the midweek internationals. But if you want to see more moments of madness , check out our Top 10 below!