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Jose Mourinho sent off as 8-man Roma fall to Real Betis

Tom Gott
Spark were flying in Roma's defeat to Real Betis
Spark were flying in Roma's defeat to Real Betis / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Jose Mourinho was shown a red card as his Roma side lost 5-2 to Real Betis in the unfriendliest pre-season friendly you're ever likely to see.

The two teams were tied at 2-2 when, shortly before the hour mark, a deflected cross found its way to Betis' Alex Moreno, who missed the ball when attempting a diving header at an open goal and ended up squirming the ball over the line with a bizarre combination of body parts.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho got himself sent to the stands / CRISTINA QUICLER/Getty Images

Replays showed Moreno used his arm to control the ball, but the officials did not notice it and allowed the goal to stand.

Roma were furious and plenty of players swarmed the referee. Midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini led the protests and clearly said something he shouldn't have as he was shown a red card, which prompted Mourinho to charge onto the field to contest the decision and swiftly be sent for his own early bath.

Now 3-2 down and playing with ten men, Roma completely lost their heads.

Five minutes after the initial commotion had died down, centre-back Gianluca Mancini was shown his second yellow card for pushing his arm across the face of Nabil Fekir.

But wait. There's more.

With 77 minutes on the clock, it was right-back Rick Karsdorp's turn to see a second yellow card. The Dutchman put in a nasty challenge on Joaquin which could have easily been a red in itself, so the referee had little choice but to dish out the fourth red card of the contest.

Rick Karsdorp
Karsdorp was shown a second yellow / CRISTINA QUICLER/Getty Images

Cristian Tello compounded the misery with Betis' fourth goal soon after, and young winger Rober rubbed salt in the wounds with a glorious scissor kick seven minutes from time. A three-goal advantage and a three-man advantage.

Roma are having a pretty rough summer so far. While this was their first defeat under Mourinho, it was not their first on-field chaos. In fact, this was the third skirmish the Roma players have found themselves in in their last two matches.

The boss must be so proud.

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