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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Video: Chilean player initiates punch to his own face in South American under-20 soccer qualifier

By Steve Goff

We've seen players trip themselves, take spectacularly embellished dives and feign injury in cowardly attempts to draw a foul or penalty kick. Now comes this antic from the Ecuador-Chile match at the recent South American under-20 qualifying tournament. Sadly, the ploy worked. The culprit was Chile's Bryan Carrasco. Ecuador won the match, 1-0. (Thanks to Insider loyalist The Force for the video link.)

Update: Embedding mechanism has been disabled but YouTube link is working.

By Steve Goff  | February 24, 2011; 11:56 AM ET
Categories:  Chile  | Tags:  CONMEBOL, Chile, Ecuador  
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I'm pleased The Force is with you, Steve.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 24, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

You are on fire this morning Rand-al-Thor.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 24, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

video already gone...

Posted by: fedssocr | February 24, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: postgolb | February 24, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

It is quite brilliant, in a rascally sort of way. One hopes that this damages Chile's karma a bit, of course.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 24, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Grant Wahl would give Carrasco a life suspension.

Posted by: benonthehill | February 24, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

To DCU: Sign this man.

Posted by: BaltoFan | February 24, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

This has to end. If players knew these things were reviewable and that they could be fined and even suffer a long suspension I guarantee the garbage would stop. If UEFA can give Dida a 2 game suspension, CONMEBOL shouldn't hesitate to teach this kid a lesson.

Posted by: dwreck1971 | February 24, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It is quite brilliant, in a rascally sort of way. One hopes that this damages Chile's karma a bit, of course.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 24, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, it has. Of the 6 teams in the CONMEBOL U20 hexagonal round, 4 qualified and host country, Colombia qualified as well. So, the only team that didn't qualify was Chile (of the 6).

Posted by: J_S_F | February 24, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The disgusted commentator's "Por favor, c@r@jo!"

Pretty much sums up what I feel about this shameless "tactic" or "play" or "playtactic".

The player disgraced himself, the jersey and most importantly, Chile.

Posted by: yankiboy | February 24, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

that youtube video is the funniest thing in soccer i've ever seen. that guy is a genious. i see a political future in that capable young man.

Posted by: alespar415 | February 24, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I gotta say, the guy had great timing and technique. The ball was just getting to his opponent and the ref was relatively shielded. He had time to be sure he had the forearm in his grip and make the move. Ingenious! I just don't know why some people don't like soccer;-) The diving, the writhing, the whining and now the autoaggression will continue to hurt the sport.

Posted by: DrBeaker | February 24, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

True artists are seldom appreciated in their own time.

Posted by: fischy | February 24, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You just knew that that clip and story were going to make the Yahoo homepage...

Not that I worry about the "haterz" any...

Posted by: yankiboy | February 24, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't call Brooks Peck a "hater..." He puts up a lot of spectacular goals as well, which shows the great side of the game. Am I psyched that this is on the front page of Yahoo, though? No, of course not.

The haters will find their own ammunition, or even make it up.

Posted by: Modibo | February 24, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Isn't somebody on here going to say "I've got that move"?

Posted by: WorldCup | February 24, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"kiss it, kiss the pan! pan kisses you!!"

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 24, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

yankiboy - he's saying "por favor, Carrasco", not the word you think you're hearing.

Posted by: robperez1 | February 25, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

@Modibo-I wasn't referring to Brooks Peck as a hater. I was referring to some of the comments that I won't be bothering to read. You are right about the haterz. Haterz hate--that's just what they do.

@robperez1-Thanks Bro--I must have been projecting. Somtimes that particular accent throws me a bit. Kind of like the Minnesota and Wisconsin one(s).

Posted by: yankiboy | February 25, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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