Otamendi Has Heroic Clearance as South American Stars Feature In Man City’s 18th Consecutive Win
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This Wednesday, there was only one Premier League fixture as Newcastle United hosted Manchester City at St James Park on Matchday 20 of the EPL. The Magpies were coming off a solid 3-2 win against West Ham United but Pep Guardiola’s men were obviously in much better form with 17 consecutive victories. The Citizens achieved their 18th consecutive victory with a heroic effort by Nicolas Otamendi and the participation of other South American players. The Argentine centre-back had a goal-line clearance with a header that denied Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons of a game-tying goal in the 33rd minute of the match.
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That clearance proved to be crucial as Pep’s team achieved a narrow 1-0 win against Rafa Benitez’s side. The lone goal of the game came just a couple of minutes before Otamendi’s spectacular clearance as Kevin De Bruyne set up Raheem Sterling for his 17th goal of the season and the game-winning goal. Otamendi had that clearance in this game but also had a shot on target, the most accurate passes on the team with 122 and the highest passing accuracy on the day as well at 96.1-percent. His countryman Sergio Agüero played 77 minutes and was dangerous throughout the match with two shots that hit the woodwork. The Buenos Aires native also had a 100-percent successful dribble rate with five successful dribbles from five attempts.
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The four Brazilian players on Man City also featured in the game as Ederson, Danilo and Fernandinho played all 90 minutes while Gabriel Jesus came on for the injured Vincent Kompany early on. Ederson was not tested much in the game as he kept the clean sheet against The Magpies and only had one save in the game. Danilo did a nice job filling in for Fabian Delph in the left-back slot with two clearances, three tackles, an interception and two key passes. Fernandinho put in a shift in the midfield as always with 112 accurate passes, a big chance created and four interceptions. Gabriel Jesus was not overly impressive off the bench with 79 minutes played, a shot on target, only one of nine duels won and he as dispossessed three times as well. Manchester City is now 15 points clear of second-place Manchester United and Nicolas Otamendi and the other South American stars continue to contribute to this success.