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Ruthless Man City earn 4-1 victory over Brighton

Ilkay Gundogan celebrates his goal with team-mates Jesus, Foden and Bernardo Silva

 

Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League after a first-half blitz set the tone for a 4-1 win over Brighton.

Ilkay Gundogan punished a spill by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez on 11 minutes before Phil Foden finished off a flowing counter-attack involving Jack Grealish and the brilliant Bernardo Silva with 28 minutes gone.

Brighton simply could not live with City’s energy and quick passing in midfield and Foden made it 3-0 just three minutes later when deflecting Gabriel Jesus’ shot past Sanchez without knowing too much about it.

Graham Potter’s team improved immensely after the break and Alexis Mac Allister scored from the spot with 10 minutes remaining after Ederson had fouled substitute Enock Mwepu.

Yet a comeback never materialised as Riyad Mahrez wrapped up the points in stoppage time with City stretching their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games.

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Brighton had ended Man City’s English record of 23 away games unbeaten in May when they had already won the title  but Pep Guardiola’s side were in ruthless mood back at the Amex.

Lewis Dunk rescued Brighton with an amazing goal-line clearance on 11 minutes when it looked like Jesus had clipped a perfect finish over Sanchez.

Graham Potter made just one change from the draw with Norwich with Solly March replacing Shane Duffy. Yves Bissouma was only fit enough for the bench.

 

 

 

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