The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove, England
Brighton & Hove Albion’s debut Premier League campaign didn’t get off to the best of starts as they were beaten 2-0 at home at The American Express Community Stadium.
Chris Hughton’s newly-promoted side put in a spirited performance against Pep Guardiola’s men, but were eventually defeated courtesy of second-half goals from Sergio Agüero and an own-goal from Lewis Dunk.
The visitors thought they had taken the lead in the 26th minute when a cross-field pass from Kevin De Bruyne found Gabriel Jesus, who chested the ball home via his arm, but the referee chalked the strike-off and penalised the Brazilian, who was harshly booked.
Eight minutes later City had a great chance to open the scoring. Agüero exchanged passes with David Silva before sending a cross, which Jesus met with a header that Matt Ryan brilliantly palmed away instinctively, before the Brazilian fired the rebound against the post under-pressure from Brighton’s Bruno.
The Seagull’s best chance of the first-half came a minute from the interval when a Solly March freekick was met by Dunk with a header that Ederson saved comfortably.
Eight minutes into the second-half Manchester City should have taken the lead when a poor back-pass from Shane Duffy fell into the path of Agüero, who looked set to make the net bulge, but the Argentine somehow fired wide.
Three minutes later the hosts went close to taking the lead when a corner wasn’t dealt with by the visitors. The ball eventually pin-balled in the area into the path of Duffy, who fired inches wide via deflection.
The Seagulls nearly went ahead from the resulting-corner, when Pröpper fired an effort from-range just wide, after the initial delivery was spilled by Ederson.
In the 70th minute the visitors went ahead. De Bruyne won possession off Dale Stephens before finding David Silva, whose first-time-pass found Agüero, who fired home into the bottom-corner.
Five minutes later City doubled their lead when a teasing Fernandinho cross was headed past his own-keeper by Dunk under-pressure from Jesus.
The result meant that Manchester City moved up to second in the league on three points behind Huddersfield on goal-difference, while Brighton dropped to 19th on goal-difference, without a point, before the rest of the weekend’s matches.