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Older brother helps younger brother win Ecuadorian title (by cleaning him out with a brutal tackle)

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Culture tell us that older brothers have been picking on younger brothers for, presumably, about as long as older and younger brothers have been a thing (See: Cain and Abel, Heungbu and Nolbu, etc.).

Ecuador’s Primera A title was decided thanks in large part to this phenomenon. Trailing 3-1 after one leg, Barcelona midfielder Alex Bolanos received a red card for cleaning out his Emelec opponent with a two-footed tackle that borders on hockey hip check or breaking up a double play in baseball. The victim? His little brother Miller Bolanos.

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It’s hard to imagine what Alex was thinking, other than, “Hey look, my brother. Let me unload some pain on him.”

Emelec would go on to win the two-legged title by a 4-1 final score, so Miller did get the last laugh. The club has appeared in the Primera A’s last five title matches, and won the last two.

Watch the tackle below: