Palmeiras' Gabriel Jesus produces appalling dive against Flamengo

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Gabriel Jesus has a lot to learn before his arrival at Manchester City in January, after featuring for Palmeiras in Wednesday night's fixture against Flamengo.

The two Brazilian clubs are currently leading the chase in the Campeonato Brasileiro - Brazil's top tier of professional football - with Palmeiras leading the table by a single point (48) over their rivals, after 25 games. 

However, despite the match expectedly causing headlines, there was, unfortunately for both clubs, a talking point that neither side would have wanted to discuss after the game.


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English football takes a very dim view of diving, and Jesus - who will leave his boyhood club for the Etihad in December - is seemingly another player who has the temptation to go to the ground too easily.

Just 16 minutes had been played, with either side yet to score, when Jesus flung himself to ground just inside the box. His opponent barely had the chance to put his arm across his shoulder, before the 19-year-old fell to the surface.

Luckily for Flamengo, the referee was alert and wise enough to not award a foul on the Palmeiras forward, who scored a crucial goal to earn a draw at home to their title rivals.

The Brazilian will begin his career at City in the new year, regarded upon his arrival in England as the hottest prospect in Brazil. But if the Brazil international, who has netted two goals in two appearances for the Selecao, continues to cheat, it won't long before both fans and pundits become fed up of the youngster's behaviour.

New City boss Pep Guardiola managed to lure the young prospect to the Etihad this summer, ahead of the boss' former club Barcelona, after paying an initial £27 million for Jesus, with up to £4 million in add ons.

But while City fans may have concerns that the player may come with a reputation of trying to deceive the referee, he will also bring goals. The 19-year-old netted 19 times in 30 appearances for the Brazilian outfit, last campaign, and can play as either a winger, no. 10 or a striker.

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