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30th Sep 2018

Robin van Persie receives straight red card moments after perfect free kick

He's making plenty of headlines

Darragh Murphy

Robin van Persie has been leaving it late to make his mark recently.

Van Persie scored a late winner for Feyenoord last Sunday and he did the exact same this week.

For the second weekend running, the Dutch legend found the net in the 88th minute and guaranteed three points for Feyenoord but it’s not been all positive for the 35-year-old.

One would have imagined that a player of Van Persie’s experience would be adept at closing games out and with Feyenoord a man up since the 63rd minute, all the hosts had to do against Vitesse was to keep their heads.

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But Van Persie put his side in danger by needlessly diving into a tackle from behind when he had no chance of winning the ball.

While he is playing a different role nowadays now that his legs aren’t what they used to be, tackling doesn’t seem to be his strong point and Van Persie put his teammates under unnecessary pressure in injury time with the below challenge.

The former Manchester United and Arsenal forward will be grateful that the remaining players were able to see the result out in his absence, keeping their spot in third place of the Eredivisie table.

But we imagine his manager will be having words with the veteran regardless.

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