Benfica star Nicolas Otamendi’s awful play-acting earns him straight red card

Benfica defender Nicolas Otamendi's awful piece of play-acting against Porto on Thursday night failed to stop him receiving a straight red card.

The incident occurred in the fourth minute of additional time, with Otamendi flooring Luis Diaz with a reckless shoulder barge as they chased the ball down the touchline.

Otamendi then threw himself to the ground while clutching his face, despite Diaz not making any contact with him beyond being sent flying by the challenge.

The referee saw through Otamendi's embarrassing play-acting and gave him his marching orders to add insult to injury, with Benfica already trailing 3-0 in the cup tie.

Otamendi had endured a torrid return to his former club, with Benfica conceding in the first minute and they were three goals down by the 31st minute.

A brace from Evanilson and a Vitor Ferreira goal were enough to secure victory for Porto and take them through to the quarter finals of the Portuguese Cup.

Evanilson was involved in another key moment as well as he was also sent off himself on the stroke of half-time.

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The two sides will meet again in the league on December 30, a match which Otamendi will now miss due to suspension.

Defeat in that match will leave Benfica seven points adrift of league leaders Porto as pressure mounts on manager Jorge Jesus.

Otamendi joined Benfica in 2020 following a five-year spell in England with Manchester City, where he won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four League Cups.

He has made 23 appearances for the Eagles so far this season, keeping 11 clean sheets in those matches, and featured as Benfica finished above Barcelona in their Champions League group.

His red card against Porto, though, will mean that he is now out of action until January 23 and will miss the league meeting with Porto as well as home matches against Pacos Ferreira and Moreirense.

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