Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Manchester City rode three goals in the first half to an easy 4-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at Amex Stadium on Saturday night.

City opened the scoring after 13 minutes, but had been denied just by Lewis Dunk just moments earlier, who had stretched to the extreme to cope with a deflected Gabriel Jesus shot.

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However, his effort meant a few seconds later when a mistake by goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the box caused Ilkay Gundogan to knock the ball into the Brighton net from a few yards out.

The visitors doubled their numbers five minutes later when Jack Grealish found Phil Foden in the box. Repetitions showed that Burns had reached the ball, but the goal was officially awarded to the Foot.

City’s third came in 32 minutes as Jesus’ deflected shot only went as far as the Foot. Sanchez got a hand to it, but the power of the English national team shot was enough to take it into the net.

No City player has scored more than Foden’s 20 goals since the start of last season across all competitions.

The foot is still more than able to excel as a central midfielder, as he proved when he impressed for England against Andorra in the position earlier this month, but for City it seems that he can have a greater influence out on the pitch .

“I enjoy it (the new position),” Foden said. “I can fall deep and get the ball and pick passes. It’s a new role for me and I can say I really enjoy it.

“It changes game-to-game. Sometimes I stay taller than usual, but this game they went man-to-man, so I fell a little deeper and I thought we used the extra man well.”

After the match, City boss Pep Guardiola said: “I know what it means to come here against this team, against this manager and this stadium and win here.

“It’s a good lesson that in football it has to be played with the ball and when you don’t have it you suffer. Brighton are so hard to play against for 90 minutes. Against another opponent the game would be over (with 3-0 ), against this team it was not over. “

Brighton pulled one back from the penalty spot after 80 minutes when Alexis Mac Allister beat Ederson, but Riyad Mahrez added a late fourth to bring the result out of reach for the hosts and City secured the three points to move into second place in the table over Liverpool and behind the leaders Chelsea.

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