Citizens breeze past Seagulls
A Sergio Aguero opener and a Lewis Dunk own-goal saw Manchester City get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 in a comfortable display on Saturday evening.
- Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Manchester City 2
- Jesus goal disallowed
- City penalty appeal
- Aguero opens scoring
- Dunk own goal
Manchester City dominated from the get go but it took them 70 minutes before Sergio Aguero opened the scoring by beating Matthew Ryan up close after a good David Silva pass had played him in.
Brighton’s defence was resilient all game but followed up the opener with a dreadful own-goal from Dunk who inexplicably headed the ball back towards Ryan with too much pace for the keeper to control.
Manchester City looked to stamp their authority on proceedings quickly as Kyle Walker got behind the Brighton defence but his cut back uncharacteristically miss hit by Aguero.
Kevin de Bruyne then fired an effort from just outside the box 10 minutes later but straight at Ryan who caught it comfortably as City continued to dominate.
A few minutes later, Gabriel Jesus looked to have scored after getting on the end of De Bruyne’s pass but the ball bounced of his chest and onto his hand on the way into the net.
Jesus had another chance moments later when he found himself unmarked in the six-yard box as Aguero dug out a cross to him but Ryan pulled out a great stop at point blank range to keep Brighton in the game.
The Seagulls; first chance arrived a few minutes before half-time as Murphy got ahead of Walker and just needed a touch on the long ball played over to get around Ederson but the goalkeeper was alert and up quickly to claim the ball.
After half time, Shane Duffy almost gifted City an early second half goal as his terrible back pass allowed Aguero a chance on goal but Dunk managed to get back in time to put in a solid block.
Duffy almost made amends for his mistake immediately as a Brighton corner eventually gifted him the chance to fire a shot away in the box which took a slight deflection to go inches wide of Ederson’s goal.
After an extended period of the game with City unable to wear down the Brighton defence, De Bruyne was denied a penalty when his shot outside the box ricocheted off Dunk's hand inside the box but Michael Oliver only awarded a corner.
Despite the resolute Brighton defence, the deadlock was eventually broken when Aguero got on the end of a great Silva pass and beat Ryan with ease.
Brighton’s day got worse when Dunk headed the ball past his own keeper to double City’s lead as Pep Guardiola got his campaign off to a good start with a comfortable 2-0 victory.