Antonio Valencia is not normally a player that is associated with reckless, dangerous tackles. But events this summer seem to have indicated the Manchester United midfielder has somewhat of a violent streak in his locker, something French international Lucas Digne can certainly vouch for.
With the game at 0-0 and the ball spinning away from him, Ecuador skipper Valencia held out his right boot studs up, and his foot span off the ball and raked down the Frenchman's left leg.
For a long time Digne was laid out on the turf, stricken, with players from both teams standing over him concerned. Eventually he came to his feet, his shin pads having surely earned their keep. But that didn't save Valencia, who was shown a straight red before back heeling the ball up into the air as he walked from the field.
It was Valencia's third red card for Ecuador, and was a nasty challenge that could have done serious damage to the young PSG left back. Coming in the 50th minute, it left Ecuador with an uphill task to get the win they needed to boost their qualification hopes, especially with Switzerland hammering Honduras in the other group game.
Even more surprising was that it was Valencia's second red card in four games for the South Americans this summer, with the United winger being dismissed in the game with England in Miami following Raheem Sterling's own reckless tackle.
Valencia only recently signed a new deal at United, but he will need to improve his discipline under the watchful eye of strict taskmaster Louis van Gaal if he is to do himself justice once again at Old Trafford.