Miguel Almirón certainly had an interesting night when coming off the bench in Paraguay’s defeat to Mexico in California on Tuesday night, with what you could describe as a hot and cold few minutes.
The Newcastle record signing was brought into the action in the 57th minute. Just three minutes later he set up teammate Hernán Pérez to score and get his side back into the game, albeit still trailing 3-1.
But Almirón’s night took a bitter twist just four minutes later, with the speedster chasing Jose Juan Vazquez, he lunged at him from behind, catching the Mexican on the back of the calf in a nasty challenge.
The Paraguayan midfielder was rightly given his marching orders, and will now suffer a one-game suspension.
The suspension will only apply for Paraguay, however, meaning the player will still be eligible for Newcastle at Arsenal on Monday.
The show of frustration and temper from Almiron will be noted by Premier League rivals, who may now target him in future games against the Magpies, in the hope that he will do something similarly petulant and see red against them.
That said, it could also be seen to suggest that, despite his baby-faced looks and slight frame, he will be able to take care of himself and not be bullied by Premier League defenders, following a spate of poor challenges he has been on the receiving end of since moving to England.
As you might expect, Twitter lit up following his red card.
— P (@maverick19821) March 27, 2019
I hate seeing things like this. Almiron was definitely not trying to get the ball. You can foul a player without trying to end his/her career, if you want to “take one for the team”. https://t.co/XZ3Usd9t2Y
— Ikenna (@Rebel_White) March 27, 2019
Obviously it was a dirty challenge by Almiron, but quite like that he’s got a bit of a dark side. Will serve him well in the premier league.
— Yedlin’s Barnet (@mridley81) March 27, 2019
Miguel Almiron: pic.twitter.com/4dW2dMHF9L
— Enrique (@un_diaz_) March 27, 2019
The straight red card to Miguel Almirón. Showing a rarely seen nasty streak, unneccessarily planting his studs into Gallito Vázquez.
— Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) March 27, 2019
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