Brighton and Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester City: Two-goal Foden inspires Guardiola’s side


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Chelsea
sent
out
a
message
with
a
thumping
7-0
win
against
Norwich
City
earlier
on
Saturday,
but
City
responded
with
a
convincing
win
of
their
own
to
close
the
gap
on
the
leaders
to
two
points.

Foden’s
double
at
the
Amex
Stadium
came
after
Ilkay
Gundogan
opened
the
scoring
as
the
visitors
went
three
goals
ahead
inside
31
minutes
in
a
dominant
first-half
showing.

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Brighton
improved
in
the
second
half
and
pulled
back
a
deserved
consolation
nine
minutes
from
time
through
substitute
Alexis
Mac
Allister’s
penalty,
though
City
had
the
final
say
when
Foden
played
in
Riyad
Mahrez
for
a
late
fourth.

Lewis
Dunk
produced
an
acrobatic
goal-line
clearance
to
deny
Gabriel
Jesus
early
on,
but
Gundogan
tapped
in
two
minutes
later
after
Robert
Sanchez
failed
to
take
a
routine
catch
and
Bernardo
Silva
hooked
the
ball
into
his
City
team-mate’s
path.

Sanchez
initially
did
well
to
keep
the
scoring
down
with
a
couple
of
good
saves,
only
for
Foden

under
pressure
from
Brighton
defender
Dan
Burn

to
double
his
side’s
tally
by
converting
Jack
Grealish’s
unselfish
pass
at
the
end
of
a
swift
counter.

Foden
was
credited
with
the
goal
after
some
initial
uncertainty
over
whether
he
or
Burn
got
the
final
touch,
and
he
had
a
second
soon
after,
the
England
international
getting
in
the
way
of
a
Jesus
shot
to
help
deflect
it
past
a
wrong-footed
Sanchez.

Brighton
recovered
from
two
goals
down
to
beat
City
3-2
at
this
ground
in
May
and
they
grew
into
the
game
in
the
second
half,
with
Pascal
Gross
and
Leandro
Trossard
finally
calling
Ederson
into
action.

City
could
not
hold
on
for
a
seventh
clean
sheet
in
nine
league
games
this
term
as
Ederson
caught
Enock
Mwepu
and
fellow
Albion
substitute
Mac
Allister
made
no
mistake
from
the
penalty
spot,
but
there
was
still
time
for
Mahrez
to
lash
in
his
seventh
of
the
season
at
the
other
end
when
played
in
by
Foden.


What
does
it
mean?
City
keep
pace
with
Chelsea

City
may
not
have
racked
up
the
seven
goals
Chelsea
managed
against
Norwich
in
Saturday’s
early
kick-off,
but
Brighton
are
far
stronger
opposition
than
the
doomed
Canaries
and
this
was
a
performance
equally
as
impressive.

Brighton
had
lost
just
one
of
their
opening
eight
games
and
entered
this
match
only
two
points
behind
City,
yet
they
were
completely
blown
away
by
the
reigning
champions,
especially
in
an
incredibly
one-sided
first
half.

The
nine
shots
on
target
managed
by
City
in
the
first
half
is
the
most
by
a
team
in
a
Premier
League
game
before
the
interval
this
term.


Brighton
rocked

City’s
lack
of
an
out-and-out
striker
has
been
a
topic
of
discussion
since
the
moment
the
transfer
window
closed,
yet
once
again
that
was
not
a
problem
as
they
made
it
37
goals
in
14
matches
this
season.

Each
of
City’s
five
attackers

Silva,
Gundogan,
Jesus,
Foden
and
Grealish

either
scored
or
assisted
a
goal
in
the
first
half.
Gundogan
now
has
13
Premier
League
goals
this
calendar
year

only
Mohamed
Salah
(16)
and
Harry
Kane
(15)
have
more.


Ed
rush

City
were
closing
in
on
another
clean
sheet
when
Ederson
rushed
off
his
line
and
took
out
Mwepu,
allowing
Mac
Allister
to
convert
from
the
penalty
spot.

The
Brazilian
goalkeeper
will
be
doubly
disappointed
as
he
even
managed
to
get
a
hand
to
the
penalty
without
keeping
it
out.
He
has
now
conceded
15
of
the
last
16
spot-kicks
he
has
faced
in
the
Premier
League.


What’s
next?

Both
sides
are
in
EFL
Cup
last-16
action
next
Wednesday,
with
City
travelling
to
West
Ham
and
Brighton
away
at
Leicester
City.

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