Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City: Phil Foden scores twice in comfortable win for visitors

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This season, Phil Foden scored four goals

Manchester City beat Brighton with a stunning first-half performance by Phil Foden. They are now second in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola's team scored three goals in the first half. Brighton, which could have topped City with a win with their own goal, couldn't cope with the away's relentless attacks.

The hosts were only granted a short reprieve after Lewis Dunk's brilliant hook clearance from Gabriel Jesus’ shot in the 10th minutes. City then took the lead three seconds later.

Robert Sanchez, the Seagulls' goalkeeper, made a routine save on a shot that was deflected at Bernardo Silva. Ilkay Gundogan scored from close range.

After a shockingly fast break by Brighton, the visitors made it 2-0. Jack Grealish charged up the pitch and flicked the ball into Foden's path. Foden scored his third goal of this season.

Foden scored his fourth goal of the campaign moments later, when Jesus' shot was deflected off him. Sanchez couldn't stop Grealish's low attempt at the near post.

Just before half-time, the England international made an almost dazzling hat-trick but Sanchez pulled off a great save to prevent a curling attempt.

Brighton performed better after the break, and Ederson had no choice but to stay alert to stop Leandro Trossard and Pascal Gross from making decent attempts.

Ederson was eventually defeated in the final stages of the match when Enock Mwepu was knocked down inside the box. Alexis Mac Allister managed to score the ball past City's diving goalkeeper.

Guardiola's side beat Brighton by two goals last season, but Brighton won the match. City took the victory when Riyad Mahrez, an unmarked player, scored in the final minute to bring Chelsea back within two points.

Slick City is in their groove

City began the season with a defeat to Tottenham of 1-0. However, any doubts about their ability and potential for a strong title defense have been dispelled.

Since then, they have not lost a Premier League match. The past seven days have seen them at their best with 11 goals in their last three games and only two conceded.

After a strong start to the season Brighton had conceded only two goals in Premier League open play. City scored three against them in 31 minutes. The hosts punished nearly every mistake made by the Seagulls.

City managed nine shots on target in half-time - the most of any Premier League side this season. Although they were still well below their goal percentage after the break, the damage was already done.

Brighton will be encouraged by their second-half performance, which showed that their early season form was not a fluke. However City did show signs of life after Mac Allister's late goal.

City has now collected 20 points from the 24 previous Premier League games and shows no signs of slowing down their pursuit of back to back league titles.

March Solly March Player of the Match with an average 8.45 Brighton Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion

Man City Manchester City Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion Squad Number 20 Player Name March Average Rating 8.45 Squad Number 2 Player Name Lamptey Average Rating 5.47 Squad Number 13 Player Player Player Player Player player name Lallana Average Rating 5.48 Squad No. 9 Player Player named Gndogan Average ranking 7.33 Squad no. 3 Player Player number Gndogan Average ratings 7.33 Squad numbers 26 Player Player number Mahrez Average rate 7.33 Squad rating 10 Player number Grealish Average rating 7.00 Squad # 16 Player number 32 Player number 17 Average rating Player number 17.11 Squad rating of 7.91 Squad 25 Player number 24 Player number 23 Player number 25 Average rating 6.91 Squad rating for 7.15 Squad amount 31 Player number 28 Player number 29 Player number 6 Bruyne rating 6.91 Player number 25 Average rating 6.91 Player number 35 Player number 6.91 Squad rating 6.91 Player number 27 Squad rating 6.37 Squad rating 8 Squad size 15 Squad name Laporte rating 7 Player number 4 Player number 4 Player number 8 Player


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Brighton Formation 3-5-2 1 Snchez 34 Veltman 5 Dunk 33 Burn 20 March 13 Gro 14 Lallana 15 Moder 3 Cucurella 11 Trossard 9 Maupay 1 Snchez

34 Veltman

5 Dunk

33 Burn substituted for Lamptey at the 57' minute

20 March

13 Gro Substituted at Mac Allister at 72' Minutes

Book 14 Lallana at 70mins

15 Moder Bookings at 63mins

3 Cucurella

11 Trossard

9 Maupay Substituted at 58' Minutes Substitutes 2 Lamptey

4 Webster

7 Connolly

8 Bissouma

10 Mac Allister

12 Mwepu

23 Steele

24 Duffy

30 Richards Man City Formation 4-3-3 31 Ederson 2 Walker 3 Rben Dias 14 Laporte 27 Cancelo 20 Bernardo Silva 16 Rodri 8 Gndogan 9 Gabriel Jesus 47 Foden 10 Grealish 31 Ederson Booked at 84mins

2 Walkers Booked in 22 Minutes

3 Rben Dias

14 Laporte

27 Cancelo Bookings at 60 Minutes

20 Bernardo Silva

16 Rodri

Fernandinho substituted with 8 Gndogan at 75' minutes

9 Gabriel Jesus Substituted for Mahrez at 87' minutes

47 Foden

10 Grealish Substituted for De Bruyne at 77' minutes Substitutes 5 Stones

6 Ak

11 Zinchenko

13 Steffen

17 De Bruyne

25 Fernandinho

26 Mahrez

53 Edozie

Referee for 80 Palmer: Kevin Friend. Attendance: 31,215. Match Stats Live text Post update. Match ends in Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Manchester City Half-time Full Time, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Manchester City 4. Goal Goal! Goal! Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), left footed shot, from the middle of the box to top right corner. Phil Foden assisted. Post-update: Attempt saved. Joo Cancelo (Manchester City), right footed shot from the outside of the box is saved in central part of the goal. Kevin De Bruyne assisted. Manchester City, Post Update Corner Jol Veltman conceded. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City), left footed shot from left side box is blocked Kevin De Bruyne assisted. Update: Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City), left footed shot from left side box is blocked Kevin De Bruyne assisted. Post-update: Attempt saved. Phil Foden (Manchester City), left footed shot from left side of six yard box. Saved in the bottom left corner. Kevin De Bruyne assisted. Manchester City, Post Update Corner Jol Veltman resigned. Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Gabriel Jesus. Post update Attempt missed. Tariq Lamptey, Brighton and Hove Albion) takes a right-footed shot from right side of box. It is close but misses to right. Booking Ederson (Manchester City), is given the yellow card. Post-update Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion), wins a free kick for the left wing. Post update Foul by Rben Dias (Manchester City). Post update Goal Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Manchester City Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion), converts the penalty by hitting a right footed shot in the corner. Update Penalty Brighton & Hove Albion Enock Mwepu is penalized for a foul in his penalty area. After a foul in penalty area, Ederson (Manchester City), concedes a penalty. Manchester City, Post Update Kyle Walker attempts a through ball but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside. Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Jack Grealish. Manchester City, Post Update Corner Jol Veltman resigned. Page 1 of 5 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward