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John Stones bails out Ederson for the second time in less than a week after goalkeeping gaffe

The defender's goal-line clearance was a major talking point in Man City's game with Liverpool during the week

It’s probably fair to say that Ederson is one of the best goalkeepers around at the moment.

He’s solid between the sticks, while his ability with the ball at his feet fits in well with Man City’s style of play.

But you sometimes feel he’s capable of the odd mistake or two. 

Smile through the pain

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Smile through the pain

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While it wasn’t necessarily a goalkeeping error, Ederson made the headlines on Thursday night in City’s crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool when his 18th minute mix-up with defender John Stones nearly saw the ball cross the line.

With the score at 0-0, Stones attempted to hack the ball clear from his own net, only for his clearance to strike against Ederson and bounce towards the open goalmouth.

Luckily for the pair, Stones was able to scoop the ball clear again before it crossed the line.

There was literally millimetres in it. 

Stones clears ahead of Mo Salah

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Stones clears ahead of Mo Salah

Close as it gets

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Close as it gets

And today, in their FA Cup match with Rotherham, there was a similar heart-in-mouth moment for the City goalkeeper, which required Stones to come to his rescue once again.

On the 29th minute, Ederson received a back-pass from Nicolas Otamendi and took all the time in the world with the ball at his feet, unaware of Anthony Forde closing in on him.

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Forde was able to tackle the goalie just yards away from the goal.

But with the ball suddenly loose, Stones was just able to nip in ahead of the pouncing attackers to hoof it clear and prevent what would have been a simple tap-in.

We imagine Ederson is one relieved goalie right about now.

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