The South American World Cup Qualifying are unlike any other World Cup Qualifiers. They are believed to be one of the toughest competitions on the planet, and that has a lot to do with the reckless way their teams usually play.
On Matchday 9 of the road to Qatar 2022, this became clear once again only 32 minutes into the Venezuela-Argentina game. Adrian Martinez left La Vinotinto down to ten men following a scary challenge on PSG star Lionel Messi.
Even though there was no need to commit such a horrific foul, these kinds of games frequently see more tackles than necessary. Especially when they try to stop one of the world's best, but this time Martinez went too far.
Fans react to Martinez seeing the red card for his foul on Messi
Whenever Lionel Messi receives a foul, the soccer world stops for a minute. Once they see him on his feet again, they might catch a breath. Tonight, the same thing happened.
Messi was dribbling with the ball when Adrian Martinez stopped him with an ugly tackle that could have seriously injured him. After consulting with VAR, the referee sent Martinez off and fans went wild on the Internet.
Fortunately, it seems like Messi wasn't seriously harmed by Adrian Martinez's reckless foul, but that didn't prevent fans from all over the world from reacting on social media.
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