Mexican player Jesus Gallardo became the new record-breaker in a match played at Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg on Wednesday (28/06/2018)
Seconds after kick-off, Argentina’s Nestor Pitana referee has already signaled a foul on Gallardo against Ola Toivonen. After approaching the scene, the referee Pitana brandished a yellow card right in the 15th.
Gallardo’s yellow card in the 15th minute is now recorded to be the fastest in World Cup history. The previous record was held by Sergey Gorlukovich (Russia) on his yellow card in the 54th minute in a game against Sweden in the 1994 World Cup.
Related to the cards, the fastest red card record in World Cup history so far is still bearing by Jose Alberto Batista of Uruguay, when the referee issued in the 56th minute after breaking Gordon Strachan (Scotland) in the 1986 World Cup.
Mexico finished the game with a 0-3 defeat over Sweden, despite remaining through to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup thanks to South Korea’s 2-0 win over Germany. Sweden finished Group F winners, Mexico advanced as runners-up.