Paging Mr. Miyagi—there's a new Karate Kid.
His name is Nilton, and he's a 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Vasco da Gama. After Tuesday evening, though, he won't be playing for a while.
On Tuesday, Brazil's Vasco da Gama defeated Peru's Alianza Lima 2-1 in a Copa Libertadores match. In the closing moments, Nilton earned a straight red card for a flying kick to the head of Alianza Lima defender Giancarlo Carmona.
Nilton had entered the match just a few minutes earlier as a substitute, but as you can see from the video, he definitely got his money's worth.
The requisite shoving match ensued, and Fellipe Bastos' two-goal performance for Vasco da Gama was summarily overshadowed.
This video got me thinking: Mr. Miyagi would be really proud of Nilton for showing such good form on a Crane Kick.
I calmly but breathlessly await the day.
(h/t Who Ate All The Pies?)