Ederson: Manchester City were way better than United in derby win
As if to rubber-stamp their derby day dominance, Manchester City wrapped up Sunday's 3-1 derby win over United with a devastating team goal in the closing stages at the Etihad Stadium.
Ilkay Gundogan was the man to apply the finishing touch to a sublime 44-pass manoeuvre that took City from their own half to the back of United's net over the course of one minute and 55 seconds.
To put that in some kind of perspective, here are some other things that can be done in that time, or even quicker.
One of the most famous comebacks in football history, United themselves took just 1:41 to score twice in the dying seconds of the 1999 Champions League final (90:36 and 92:17) to overthrow Bayern Munich.
Alternatively, in the same amount of time Paul Pogba could do 11-and-a-half of his strange tip-toed penalty run-ups (which, last month, inspired the hashtag "#ThingsYouCanDoDuringPogbasPenaltyRunUp" from his United teammate Luke Shaw).
Indeed, in the time it took City to piece together their move at the Etihad, you could watch one of Pep Guardiola's motivational half-time teamtalks from their recent documentary series (1:09).
Theoretically, at his world-record pace (100 metres in 9.58 seconds) Usain Bolt could run a full 1.2 kilometres in the time it took City to apply the coup de grace to United. Just watch this clip on repeat 12 times to get the effect.
You could complete a lap of any track on the Formula 1 calendar with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas clocking up a fastest lap at Belgium's Spa circuit -- the longest to complete at 7.004 km (4.352 miles) -- of just 1:46.286 earlier this season.
Depending on the format of the match (Test, one-day international, Twenty20) and the style of the bowler (pace, spin etc.), you can usually expect a six-ball over in first-class cricket to take anywhere between four and six minutes. However, while playing Sussex in in 2007, Yorkshire rushed through more than five overs in eight minutes in a desperate bid to avoid being punished for a slow over rate. In that breathtaking spell, Younis Khan -- more known for his batting -- bowled six deliveries in 35 seconds. So the Pakistan legend would not struggle to bowl three full overs in a cricket match in the allotted time.
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If Pep's own half-time words weren't inspiring enough, you could always watch President Thomas J. Whitmore (AKA Bill Pullman) and his rousing call to arms from Independence Day (1:28) instead.
You could listen to the whole of White Stripes' garage-rock anthem "Fell In Love With A Girl" (1:50).
Depending on your Nintendo Gameboy prowess and penchant for cheats, you could "complete" the whole of the original Pokemon Yellow.
If you wish to obliterate your digestive system in one fell swoop, you could attempt to see off "Burritozilla" -- a colossal 18 inches of tortilla wrap filled with five pounds of rice, beans, meat, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc, etc -- that was demolished by YouTube eater extraordinaire Matt Stonie in 1:50.
Or, if you want to keep it food-related but have something other than dangerous cholesterol levels as your reward, you could make an attempt to beat the officially recognised Guinness world record fastest time for opening 100 mussels (1:55.28) -- the same time as it took from Fernandinho winning the ball to Gundogan beating David De Gea.
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Chelsea's Eden Hazard is feeling the "wear and tear" of more than 10 years of playing professional football and is "not happy" with the amount of times he is fouled.
Hazard missed three consecutive games last month after suffering a back injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United, who were accused of targeting the Belgium international with fouls.
He took a kick to the ankle from Yerry Mina on his return to Chelsea's XI as Maurizio Sarri's men were held to a goalless home draw by Everton on Sunday.
Since joining Chelsea from Lille in 2012, Hazard has been one of the most frequently fouled players in the Premier League -- only Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha ranks ahead of him this season -- and he told French broadcaster Les Sports+ he was feeling the strain.
"I'm 27 now and I'm starting to get old, so I have to take more care of my body," Hazard said. "I feel the wear and tear. I've been a pro for more than 10 years now.
"It [being fouled] is part of the game, I think. I'm not happy [about being fouled so often], but it's part of football.
"The referee tries to do his job and I try to do my best. When I'm on the ground, I get free kicks and each time it's a chance for Chelsea to score."
Hazard is enjoying a superb season, having registered seven goals and four assists in 11 appearances to help Chelsea maintain an unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri and go third in the Premier League.
Chelsea are desperate to convince him to spurn interest from Real Madrid and commit to a new long-term contract, with sources having told ESPN FC that owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to make him the highest-paid player in the club's history.
Last month Hazard told reporters that joining Madrid remained his "dream" and he wants to "make it happen," but he added that he was also open to talks over a new deal.
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City are getting even better and could have won the Manchester Derby by even more if they had gone for it, according to Ederson.
City beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League and move 12 points clear of their bitter rivals. Even after last season's record 100-point title-winning season, Pep Guardiola's side have improved their results with a win against United and a draw away to Liverpool -- four points better than the last campaign -- and Ederson says the manager's ideas are having a greater impact.
"We played a great game and a deserved win," the Brazilian told reporters. "We were way better than United, if we had pushed more we could have got a larger result. I'm happy with this derby.
"Pep's in his third season here, it's my second and I can see the team has a deeper understanding of his ideas. If we keep going like this, we can achieve a lot in the future."
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It was also revenge for last season's surprise defeat to United when City's title celebrations were delayed when Jose Mourinho's side fought back to win 3-2.
United were offered another lifeline in Sunday's clash when Ederson pulled down Romelu Lukaku to give away a penalty that Anthony Martial converted. It was the second successive Premier League game that Ederson has given away a spot-kick and he said that goalkeepers don't get a second chance when they make mistakes.
"I tried to retract my hands but had no time to do that. There was contact between us but I don't know if it was enough for a penalty," he said. "It's a quick decision in a moment of the game. I tried to hit the ball, it happens.
"When a goalkeeper makes a mistake, there is no one to save the goal. A striker can miss three or four chances and still score the fifth. It's different for a goalkeeper."
The penalty was United's only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes and teammate Bernardo Silva, who grabbed two assists, added that City stopped any potential of a repeat of last April's surprise turnaround in the derby.
"We almost didn't give United any chances bar the penalty," the Portuguese said. "Another three points, that's the most important thing, and a good performance from the whole team.
"It's important [to be top] and Chelsea dropped points too. It's very good to be top of the table, we're going to try and maintain that and perhaps win more points over Liverpool and the other teams."