West Ham striker Diafra Sakho made life that little bit harder for the club in the second match of their Europa League adventure.
The Senegalese striker was sent off after just 13 minutes away to Andorran side Lusitanos, who were able to restrict the Hammers to just a 1-0 win, with a goal from young forward Elliott Lee.
The match was always likely to see a West Ham victory after their 3-0 home leg win over the minnows a week earlier, but playing almost the entire game with 10 men put a side just a week into their pre-season under more pressure than boss Slaven Bilic would have preferred.
Sakho was involved in an altercation with an opposition defender and was shown a straight red card. He is likely to face just a one game suspension in the competition.
The striker's red card could actually have been well timed for West Ham, given they were able to progress regardless.
The Mail reported earlier in the day that Manchester United are interested in signing the striker, who netted 12 goals last season.
Sakho's red card would have prevented scouts a further look at him, and even perhaps given a negative impression, helping the Hammers' chances of keeping him right where he is.
His sending off caused a bit of a surprise among fans, whose positive disciplinary record had led to them even being in the Europa League.
Here is a look at how fans reacted via Twitter...
Sakho fighting semi-pro footballing builders to deliberately kill off man u interest. What a man.— frankie (@FrankieWHU) July 9, 2015
Sakho got his red card deliberately to show us he doesn't need Europa League to score 20 goals this season— ⠀⠀⠀ (@WestHamCorner) July 9, 2015
Sakho has been sent off...no way! Gotta be some cheating going on there he's not a dirty player! #COYI— Michelle Sullivan (@Sullivan_Mish) July 9, 2015
If this doesn't prove our need for a CF then what does?! Zarate, Carroll injured, sakho suspended, Valencia recovering, over to you maiga!— Pete Simmonds (@pete_simmonds25) July 9, 2015
All West Ham had to do was basically put 11 men on the field and watch the game. Now Sakho suspended I've missed football.— Michael Potts (@potts93) July 9, 2015