Benfica’s Nicolas Otamendi given a red card following overzealous shoulder charge to an opponent… but only after the former Manchester City defender shamelessly went down holding his own face!
- Nicolas Otamendi was sent off in stoppage time of his side’s defeat at Porto
- Ex-Manchester City defender shoulder charged Luis Diaz in a battle for the ball
- But despite him not being hit, he went down holding his face anyway
- The referee though was not fooled and still gave him his marching orders
When Nicolas Otamendi comes to retire at the end of his playing days, it’s probably fair to say acting shouldn’t be on his list of priorities when it comes to finding a new a career.
That was quite evident on Thursday night during his Benfica side’s 3-0 defeat by rivals Porto in the Portuguese Cup.
Benfica were already well beaten as the game played out the final few seconds of stoppage time at the Estadio do Dragao, as the former Manchester City defender and Luis Diaz chased a ball down the touchline.
Nicolas Otamendi was sent off in his Benfica side’s 3-0 defeat at Porto in the Portuguese Cup
Yet, Otamendi carelessly charged at his opponent with a shoulder barge to his face, sending him down to the ground.
The 33-year-old though shamelessly followed by then going down as well while holding his hands to his face, despite there clearly being no contact or even retaliation from Diaz in the touchline exchange.
No referee was ever going to be fooled by Otamendi’s actions though and whether it was for the initial challenge or the ridiculous simulation attempt he was dismissed foe a second bookable offence as Porto marched on into the quarter-finals.
The defender had already been on a yellow card prior to his stoppage time dismissal
Otamendi has been a regular for Jorge Jesus’ team this season featuring 23 times across all competitions with 13 of those coming in the top flight.
He joined Benfica in the summer of 2020 in a £13.7million deal from City having started to fall down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola.
Following their cup exit, Benfica will now turn towards challenging for the league title where they still remain in contention to land major silverware this season.
They currently sit third in the table in Portugal with 37 points, with Porto and Sporting Lisbon above them with an additional four points.
Otamendi (second left) has though been an important player to the club this season