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Brighton & Hove Albion - Manchester City
Premier League - 12 August 2017
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FULL-TIME: Two goals in the final twenty minutes sees Manchester City earn a hard-fought victory over newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion to kick-off their Premier League campaign.
Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock on 70 minutes and shortly after Lewis Dunk then turned the ball into his own net.
We're into the first of three additional minutes at the end of the match. Brighton fans are making a wonderful noise - fair play.
BT Sports have awarded Kyle Walker the man of the match accolade. A fair assessment, eh Spurs fans?
A productive day for Pep Guardiola and his team then. They haven't been entirely convincing, but at least have avoided a shock defeat on the opening weekend, unlike title rivals Chelsea who lost to Burnley earlier.
Sergio Aguero has now scored six goals in seven opening-day matches for Manchester City.
MAN CITY SUB
Bernardo Silva makes his way onto the pitch for his Premier League debut. He takes the place of Aguero.
Sterling's first meaningful contribution sees him receive a yellow card as he fouls Murphy.
Ten minutes to play - can Brighton score to make it interesting?
MAN CITY SUB
Raheem Sterling takes the place of Jesus for the final 13 minutes or so.
Third and final change for the visitors - Anthony Knockaert replaces March.
GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Manchester City.
Under pressure from Jesus, Dunk heads the ball into his own net, after Fernandinho delivered a delicious cross. Game over, surely.
City are hungrier for more as Walker is fouled on the flank. However, De Bruyne's delivery from the subsequent free-kick is poor.
City deserve their lead - but it's so, so cruel on Brighton. They had defended so well, but one mistake at this level is always likely to be punished.
- GoalSergio AgüeroManchester City
GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Manchester City.
The break-through finally comes for the visitors - and it's Sergio Aguero on the score-sheet. He's played through by David Silva - after Stephens conceded possession - and makes no mistake as he slides the ball coolly past Ryan.
- OffDaniloManchester City
- OnLeroy SanéManchester City
MAN CITY SUB
Here it is: Leroy Sane takes the place of Danilo.
De Bruyne sees his shot deflected out for a corner, and it may have even struck the arm of a Brighton defender. The resulting corner comes to little. City are STILL looking for the breakthrough and they haven't really troubled the hosts for over 10 minutes now.
And they're making PLENTY of noise...
And STILL no change from Man City. Sterling and Sane are also options for Pep Guardiola.
Brighton begin to turn the screw...
- OffTomer HemedBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnGlenn MurrayBrighton & Hove Albion
Chris Hughton makes his second change of the match: Glenn Murray replaces Hemed.
ANOTHER BRIGHTON CHANCE!
Dunk sees his shot blocked. The rebound falls to Propper who drives the ball low and hard across the face of goal and only inches wide of the far post.
City can only partially clear from the corner. The loose ball falls to Duffy who smashes it towards goal, but it goes inches wide of the post. It was almost a dream goal for the defender.
Tremendous noise at the Amex as Brighton win a corner, after Suttner delivered a dangerous cross to the back post.
Aguero capitalises on some poor defending from Brighton as he closes in on goal. However, he inexplicably curls it wide of the target. Could it possibly be Brighton's lucky day? The Argentine doesn't normally miss those!
Another disallowed goal!
Silva is through and unselfishly squares the ball to Jesus to leave him with a simple tap-in. However, the lineman raises his flag for offside.
City attempt their first shot of the second period - Fernandino tries an effort from 25 yards, but it's straight forward for Ryan.
Pass, pass, pass - from left to right, left to right and centre. But still City fail to make any inroads.
Pep Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches on the bench, including new big summer signing Bernardo Silva. Surely it's only a matter of time before he makes a change?!
- 2nd Half
No changes from either side at the break.
Manchester City have dominated a one-sided first-half (with 80% of the possession) but, as was the case so often last season, they haven't been clinical enough. Gabriel Jesus spurned their best opportunity when he headed straight at Mathew Ryan from a matter of yards. As defensively solid as Brighton have been, they have offered little in terms of attack.
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME: Brighton 0-0 Manchester City.
Gross manages to pick out Dunk in the City penalty area, but the Brighton defender can only loop a header straight into the arms of Ederson.
Meanwhile, there will be three minutes of added time at the end of the first-half.
Silva concedes a cheap free-kick on the flank and Brighton now have an opportunity to get men forward.
Pep Guardiola is in deep thought on the sidelines.... (I'll say nothing about his choice of attire).
Finally, Ederson is called into action. A lovely pass from Stephens is played over the top for Murphy, but the City goalkeeper is quick off his line to take the ball off his feet.
The Seagulls kept 21 clean sheets in last season's Championship, more than any other side, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that Man City are struggling to break them down.
Chris Hughton will be relatively pleased with his side have defended. Brighton have only been carved open once, and when they were Mathew Ryan made a terrific save.
Fantastic football from City, and the move warranted a goal. Silva and Aguero link up beautifully down the right side before the latter delivers a cross for Jesus inside the penalty area. However, the Brazilian sees his header from a few yards out brilliantly saved by Ryan.
It's desperately poor from De Bruyne as he fails to curl his free-kick over the Brighton wall. City are still seeking the opening goal.
Stephens is fortunate not to be booked for a rather naughty tackle on Silva from behind. Anywho, City have another free-kick from 25 yards and, again, De Bruyne looks set to take it.
- Yellow cardGabriel JesusManchester City
Bizarrely, Jesus is given a yellow card for handling the ball. Weird, because it was clearly accidental.
A great ball from De Bruyne feeds Jesus in behind the static Brighton defence. However, the Brazilian clearly handles the ball before he puts it into the back of the net.
Silva's cross causes panic in the Brighton penalty area as Stephens almost heads it into his own net! Instead, it goes out for a corner.
The substitution is made - Brown off, Murphy on.
Izzy Brown is on the ground and looks in some pain. Jamie Murphy is preparing to come on, in case the Brighton midfielder can't continue.
Propper concedes possession cheaply in the Brighton midfield, and not for the first time this evening. Jesus is on the move, but Silva's through ball is slightly over-hit and Ryan can collect.
Aguero has been fairly quiet, thus far.
It'll come as no surprise that Brighton are operating extremely deep as they set about trying to frustrate City. The defence is doing its job at the moment, but surely it's only a matter of time before Pep's side cut them open.
However, the Belgian's free-kick is sent straight into the arms of Ryan in Brighton's goal.
Silva, and his new haircut, is fouled by Stephens and City now have a free-kick, from 25 yards out. De Bruyne is over the ball...
Danilo joins Walker in defence and Ederson is, obviously, in nets.
Silva delivers the corner to the back post where Fernandinho is well positioned. However, the Brazilian heads well wide of goal.
Nerves creeping into the Brighton defence as Duffy fails to deal with a routine cross, and concedes the corner.
Brighton's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on 7 May 1983.
Possession: Man City 77 % - Brighton 23 %.
The title favourites are very much on the front foot. Danilo tries to curl the ball into the corner from the edge of the area, but it's well wide.
More City pressure: Jesus loops the ball over Dunk as if he wasn't there. He races into a wide area but Duffy is in the right place to clear his low cross.
A first sight of goal for City as Walker finds space on the channel. The full-back cuts the ball back for Aguero but he can't connect with the shot and the chance is gone.
Cheered on by the raucous home support, Brighton are on the attack in the opening minutes - Brown curls a teasing cross into the City penalty area, but it doesn't pick out a team mate.
- 1st Half
We are underway!
"Big season, big game" is the call from Vincent Kompany who leads his Manchester City out into the filled-to-capacity Amex Stadium. Premier League football is back in Brighton, and it kicks off, next!
Can newly promoted Brighton take inspiration from fellow new boys Huddersfield Town and snatch a positive against giants Manchester City? Kick-off is only five minutes away!
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager: "Hopefully next season I will be here. If so, we won't spend like this season, I assure you of that.
"The club never bought full-backs in seven years. Man City had one of the oldest teams in Europe. The market is what it is."
Chris Hughton, Brighton manager: "They've [Man City] been outstanding in pre-season, and if we're looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already.
"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do. It's going to be a very tough opening game, but we have to play them at some stage.
"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well."
Brighton give a debut to Matt Ryan, while Tomer Hemed leads the line for the hosts.
The teams are out and Pep has gone ultra attacking...De Bruyne, Silva, Jesus, Aguero and Silva.
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