Ederson caught the eye of Gary Lineker with his brilliant pass vs Newport County

Newport County AFC v Manchester City - FA Cup Fifth Round

Manchester City avoided a second FA Cup upset in as many years against Newport County on Saturday night.

The League Two side had already put Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesbrough to the sword this season, so nothing was guaranteed for Pep Guardiola's men at Rodney Parade.

City were playing in conditions that threatened to destabilise their fast-flowing football and when they entered the half-time break at 0-0, it looked as though a giant-killing was on the cards.

Nevertheless, the Citizens eventually broke the deadlock in the 51st minute virtue of Leroy Sane, before Phil Foden extended the advantage with his fourth goal of the season.

Padraig Amond temporarily gave the home side hope with a smart lob with two minutes to play, but a second goal from Foden and a Riyad Mahrez strike ensured City claimed a 4-1 victory.

Newport 1-4 Man City

Despite all the top-class opposition that City have faced this season, the trip to south Wales could endure as one of their toughest and they needed Ederson to be on top of his game.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has proven to be a fantastic signing for the club and he thwarted the clearest opportunity of the first-half with a dramatic save from Tyreeq Bakinson.

However, it wasn't just his shot-stopping that caught the eye but also his distribution. 


Ederson's remarkable pass

Along with his compatriot Alisson Becker, Ederson has earned a reputation for his incredible passing and he delivered one of his finest deliveries against Newport.

With the score at 2-0, he fired a superb 70-80 yard pass out to Leroy Sane, who proceeded to control the ball and eventually give concede possession after being tackled.

It was a pass that caught the eye of Gary Lineker who, moments after seeing the pass, tweeted: "Never mind his goalkeeping, what a player Ederson is with the ball at his feet. Imagine playing against a keeper who passes it better than you."

Take a look at the pass down below: 

If he picked up the ball, walked 80 yards and placed it on the floor, we're not sure it would be anymore accurate. It really was an incredible pass.

The BT Sport commentators were certainly impressed, producing the reaction: "Look at that from Ederson! What was that, 70 or 80 yards? What kind of goalkeeper is this?"

The vision to see Sane on the left wing, the power required to reach him and the sheer accuracy of the execution made for one of the finest goalkeeping passes seen in the FA Cup. 


It's just a shame that Sane wasn't able to maintain the ball and create an opportunity from the counterattack. Besides, Ederson has produced assists in the past.

However, it did enough to impress Lineker and like he says, maybe Ederson could have been a midfielder in another life.

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