Sevilla centre back Jules Kounde was sent off for throwing the ball in Jordi Alba’s face, in what could be his final game before a move to the Premier League.
Kounde is one of the brightest young defenders in European football and there were many rumours about his departure from La Liga in the summer.
Instead of moving to the Premier League, Kounde has helped Sevilla to second place in Spain, with only Real Madrid ahead of them.
On Tuesday night they faced Barcelona at home, with Xavi’s side looking to break into the top four. Papu Gomez gave the hosts the lead, before Ronald Araujo equalised just before half time.
Kounde then made life difficult for his team with just over 25 minutes to go when he got himself sent off. Alba gave the French defender a little bump after the ball had gone out of play for a throw and Kounde reacted badly throwing the ball at the left back.
Koundé: *adjusts napkin before closing the menu and handing it back to the waiter* ‘I’ll have the smoke.’ pic.twitter.com/SjnJGjIPLo
— amadí (@amadoit__) December 21, 2021
Jules Kounde gets a straight red for throwing the ball at Jordi Alba’s face 😳 pic.twitter.com/SjLC6yTdHvAdvertisement
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 21, 2021
Kounde cumpliendo el sueño de Twitter Madrid. pic.twitter.com/e3Eu4h0kVk
— Captain Baul (@Captain_Baul) December 21, 2021
So much going on here. Alba’s theatrics, Gavi’s bemusement, Koundé looking like a man with no regrets pic.twitter.com/AMkhHX9Mjf
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) December 21, 2021
Not sure what was worse… Koundé throwing the ball at Alba or Alba going down holding his face when it hit his shoulder. Ridiculous behaviour by both.
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) December 21, 2021
Jules Kounde just straight-up threw the ball at Jordi Alba’s head.
I think we’ve all wanted to do that at one point 😂
— The Real Champs (@TheRealChampsFS) December 21, 2021
Jules Kounde just added €5m to his price tag in my eyes.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) December 21, 2021
Kounde was very fortunate that his mistake didn’t cost his team, with Julen Lopetegui’s side somewhat hanging on to the draw by the end of the match.
Ousmane Dembele might have earned all three points for the visitors late on, but Kounde’s international teammate hit the woodwork instead.
It could in theory have been the defenders last act as a Sevilla player, with the team not playing until the January transfer window opens, and he’ll have a ban to contend with.
It looked like the 23-year-old was set to move to Chelsea in the summer but the Spanish side held out for his £68 million release clause, something the player wasn’t happy with.
Manchester United have also been linked with the player, who can play right back as well as centre back, in the past and even though they signed Raphael Varane in the summer could be interested in the future.
A win would have taken Barca into the top four but they remain two point below it, and 10 behind their opponents on Tuesday, and a whopping 15 behind league leaders Real Madrid.
Barca scorer Araujo felt the move was a step in the direction, saying, “It’s a step forward. We played a great game against a great rival and on their pitch.
“We were superior, especially in the second half. Their goal was to their credit, they did very well. It’s a shame because we wanted to win.”
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