Resurgent Man City punish Brighton

English Premier League

Premier League champions Manchester City recorded a resounding 4-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening.

The Citizens made only two changes from their thumping of Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League, as Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez were reserved on the bench and in came Gabriel Jesus and IIkay Gundogan.

Pep Guardiola's charges were carving Brighton open from the onset and Jesus was unlucky not to make it 1-0 for City in the 11th minute with a diagonal shot past shot-stopper Robert Sanchez that was heroically cleared off the line by the sweeping Lewis Dunk.

However, the visitors eventually went ahead two minutes later after Sanchez spilled a cross inside the box into the path of Bernardo Silva, who teed up Gundogan to score into an empty net.

The Citizens kept on asking questions and Phil Foden eventually doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark with a low sliding strike on the blind side after a cut-back by Jack Grealish.

City quickly went 3-0 ahead three minutes later after Jesus' strike inside the box deflected off Foden and wrong-footed Sanchez.

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Leandro Trossard came close to pulling a goal back just before the hour-Mark with a cracking low strike inside the box that Ederson got a hand to and it took a nasty bounce just over the bar.

Guardiola wanted to swing the momentum of the game back to City's favour, with two quick changes in the last quarter of an hour, as Fernandinho replaced Gundogan while De Bruyne came on for Grealish.

The Citizens conceded a penalty in the last ten minutes after Ederson brought down Enock Mwepu inside the box and Alexis Mac Allister made no mistake from 12-yards out.

However, Mahrez made it 4-1 with a strike into the top corner after being teed up by the influential Foden to round off a big win on the road.

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