Ederson made his Brazil national team debut on Thursday and marked his first outing for his country with a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Chile.

Since signing for Manchester City from Benfica for £35 million in the summer, the 24-year old has been a revelation and has been everything Claudio Bravo was brought in for a year previous. He's conceded just two goals so far this term and has kept seven clean sheets. It's early days, but he really does look to be the perfect goalkeeper for Pep Guardiola and City.

His first start for Brazil was more than deserved and he continued his rich vein of form. Tite's side made easy work of La Roja, with goals from Paulinho and Gabriel Jesus (2) meaning the Confederations Cup finalists will not be appearing in Russia for next year's World Cup.

Jesus, who was Brazil's top scorer in qualifying, should have had a hat-trick. His City teammate Ederson found him in the 23rd minute with an utterly ridiculous 90-yard goal-kick that dropped right at his feet.

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How impressive is that? A better touch from Jesus and he's got a golden chance to finish past his club colleague Claudio Bravo and open the scoring - near-enough denying Ederson a quite incredible assist.

It turns out that the move was pre-planned, as Ederson believed his sledgehammer of a left foot could set Jesus in behind Chile's high line.

"At the start of the game, I spoke with Gabriel and said that we could score from our first goal kick as Chile were making a lot of pressure," he said to the official Manchester City website.

"I was able to kick the ball to his back. Unfortunately, Gabriel wasn't able to control the ball, but I am happy for him and for me, as he scored twice and we managed to help with the win."

As well as being a commanding and skilled shot-stopper, Ederson's distribution really is commendable and his awe-inspiring punt from dead-ball situations, which means strikers can stand behind the last defender as they be flagged offside from goal-kicks, is such a devastating weapon.

He did it to great effect for Benfica last season, and went mightily close to bagging a glorious assist in pre-season - displaying remarkable distance and accuracy to put the ball right into the path of Sergio Aguero in the 68th minute of a 3-0 friendly win over Tottenham.


Aguero would then take the ball down wonderfully, shift the ball onto his left foot and strike a sweet effort that smacked the post for the second time in his time on the pitch.

Expect Ederson to get plenty of assists this season...

Josh Lawless

Writer who specialises in football and wrestling. Listens to S Club 7 a bit more than a 19-year old lad probably should do.

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