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Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo levels Bundesliga record for most red cards

Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo equalled former Germany international Jens Nowotny's record of eight Bundesliga red cards -- needing 91 games less to do so -- after his dismissal in the 6-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Gustavo, 29, received his marching orders from referee Felix Zwayer 12 minutes from time after picking up a second yellow card for fouling Renato Sanches.

Gustavo then lost his cool, sarcastically applauded the referee and had to be stopped by his teammates and former Bayern colleagues, before storming off the pitch.

With his sending off, the midfielder equalled former Bayer Leverkusen defender Nowotny's record of eight dismissals, achieving the feat after 243 league appearances, compared to the former Germany international's 334.

"Luiz was not able to control himself. That's not good, that's not intelligent," Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker told reporters.

Luiz Gustavo has now received eight Bundesliga red cards in his career.

Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe added: "Luiz has realised that this was stupid."

Gustavo will now sit out Wolfsburg's next match at Eintracht Frankfurt as they continue their fight against relegation.

They are one of three teams currently tied on 33 points, and are only ahead of Hamburg, who sit in the relegation playoff place, on goal difference.

Wolfsburg then host Borussia Monchengladbach and on the final day of the season travel to Hamburg in what could be a decider for the relegation playoff place.

"The next three matches are the benchmark for us, teams on our level," Wolfsburg attacker Mario Gomez told reporters. "We need to show that we deserve to not go down. We will achieve it."

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

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