Manchester City dominated Brighton in the opening half to maintain their pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.


Last season, after clinching the title, City were defeated at Brighton in their penultimate game, with Joao Cancelo sent off early in the game. The Seagulls have had a strong start to the season, and after eight games, they are in fourth place, one place behind City.


Pep Guardiola has warned his team about the dangers that Brighton can pose, fielding a strong team at the Amex Stadium that includes Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan, who both returned after their midweek success in Belgium. After suffering an injury in the build-up, Raheem Sterling was left out of the team, according to Guardiola.





Foden stars as Man City ease past Brighton‏




Midfielder scores twice and assists another goal as champions impress at Amex Stadium‏




Phil Foden struck twice and set up another goal as Manchester City impressed in a 4-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion.‏




Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring after being teed up by Bernardo Silva 13 minutes in. ‏




Foden took the match away from Brighton with two goals in three minutes, the first of which came from a Jack Grealish pass. ‏





His second was more fortuitous, Gabriel Jesus's shot glancing off him on its way into the net. ‏




Brighton put the champions on the back foot for most of the second half and were rewarded when Ederson fouled Enock Mwepu in the area.‏




Fellow substitute Alexis Mac Allister scored from the spot with nine minutes remaining. ‏





But Brighton's efforts fizzled out and Riyad Mahrez scored from Foden's pass in the final minute of stoppage time to add gloss to the scoreline.‏




City leapfrog Liverpool into second on 20 points, two behind Chelsea. Brighton stay fourth, five points further back. ‏




Next fixtures‏


Brighton: 30 Oct v Liverpool (A)‏

Man City: 30 Oct v Crystal Palace (H)‏


Match officials‏


Referee: ‏Kevin Friend. ‏Assistants: ‏Adrian Holmes, Simon Long.‏ Fourth official:‏ Simon Hooper.‏ VAR: ‏Paul Tierney‏. Assistant VAR: ‏Constantine Hatzidakis.‏


Live‏ Match Commentary‏


Full-time‏


Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Manchester City 4.‏




90 +6'‏


Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Manchester City 4.‏




90 +5'‏


Goal!‏


Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Manchester City 4. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Phil Foden.‏




90 +4'‏


Attempt saved. João Cancelo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.‏




90 +3'‏


Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joël Veltman.‏




90 +3'‏


Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.‏




90 +1'‏


Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.‏




89'


Attempt saved. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.‏




89'


Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joël Veltman.‏




87'


Substitution‏


Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Gabriel Jesus.‏




86'


Attempt missed. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.‏


84'


Yellow Card!‏


Ederson (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.‏




83'


Foul by Rúben Dias (Manchester City).‏




83'


Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.‏




81'


Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Manchester City 3. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.‏




79'


Penalty conceded by Ederson (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.‏




79'


Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Enock Mwepu draws a foul in the penalty area.‏




77'


Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.‏




77'


Substitution‏


Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Jack Grealish.‏




76'


Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joël Veltman.‏




75'


Substitution‏


Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Ilkay Gündogan.‏




74'


Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tariq Lamptey.‏




72'


Substitution‏


Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Alexis Mac Allister replaces Pascal Groß.‏




72'


Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Aymeric Laporte.‏


70'


Yellow Card!‏


Adam Lallana (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.‏




70'


Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.‏




70'


Foul by Adam Lallana (Brighton and Hove Albion).‏




69'


Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.‏




69'


Foul by Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion).‏



65'


Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Gabriel Jesus.‏




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