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WATCH: Worst debut ever? Japan star Nakajima sent off 20 seconds into Antalyaspor bow

4:50 PM GMT+4 18/09/2022
Shoya Nakajima Antalyaspor red card
Japan international Shoya Nakajima may have endured the worst debut ever after being sent off 20 seconds into his Antalyaspor bow.
  • Introduced off the bench
  • Flew into a rash challenge
  • Saw red after VAR review

WHAT HAPPENED? The 28-year-old forward has completed a move from Porto to Turkey, but also made a nightmare start to life in new surroundings. He was introduced off the bench in a meeting with Adana Demirspor, but flew into an early challenge to leave his side a man and a goal down as his stunned family watched on from the stands.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Nakajima was initially shown a yellow card for his wild lunge, but that decision was overturned following a VAR review and he found himself trudging down the tunnel within seconds of leaving the bench.

WHAT NEXT FOR NAKAJIMA? He will now be forced to serve a suspension, meaning that any opportunity to make a positive impact for new employers will be pushed back a little further.