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Arsenal icon Cesc Fabregas’ first match as a manager ends in chaos with two red cards and huge brawl before late winner

ARSENAL legend Cesc Fabregas had the most dramatic start possible to life as a first-team manager.

The Como co-owner saw his Serie B club snatch a stoppage-time winner at home to  Feralpisalo – after a huge brawl and two red cards.

Alessandro Gabrielloni hit a 93rd-minute winner for Cesc Fabregas' Como at home to Feralpisalo in the Italian second tier
Alessandro Gabrielloni hit a 93rd-minute winner for Cesc Fabregas’ Como at home to Feralpisalo in the Italian second tier
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Fabregas cut a lively figure on his managerial debut
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Fabregas cut a lively figure on his managerial debut

Former Chelsea midfielder Fabregas, 36, had been named interim boss just before the international break.

The 110-cap Spaniard played for Como last season and managed their Under-19s.

And he was an animated figure on his senior bow in the dugout as he oversaw a hectic start – peaked by Lucas Da Cunha’s third-minute opener for the home team.

But despite Como’s apparent control, Mattia Compagnon snatched a leveller for the bottom side early in the second period.

And as Fabregas’ men pressed for a winner, the game exploded late on.

Chaos erupted after Patrick Cutrone netted for Como – only for VAR to rule it out after checking if he had fouled Federico Bergonzi.

As ref Francesco Cosso checked the challenge on his monitor, players from both sides flared up.

Feralpisalo right-back Gaetano Letizia appeared to grab Cutrone’s throat, while coaching staff from both dugouts tried to pull the teams apart.

Letizia and Como’s ex-Italy midfielder Daniele Baselli saw red before the goal was ruled out.

And after three of the eight minutes added on, Gabrielloni drilled home a clincher to lift Como up to fourth spot in the Italian second-tier.

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