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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Alexis Mac Allister (81' PEN)
  • Ilkay Gündogan (13')
  • Phil Foden (28', 31')
  • Riyad Mahrez (90'+5')

First half Phil Foden masterclass sees Manchester City past Brighton

Manchester City rode three first-half goals to an easy 4-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at the Amex Stadium on Saturday night.

City opened the scoring after 13 minutes but had been denied just by Lewis Dunk just moments earlier who had stretched himself to the limit to clear a deflected Gabriel Jesus shot.

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However, his efforts meant little seconds later when a mistake by goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the box saw Ilkay Gundogan tap the ball into the Brighton net from a few yards out.

The visitors doubled their tally five minutes later when Jack Grealish found Phil Foden in the box. Replays showed that Burns had got to the ball but the goal was officially awarded to Foden.

City's third came on 32 minutes when Jesus' deflected shot only went as far as Foden. Sanchez did get a hand to it but the power of the England international's shot was enough to take it into the net.

No City player has scored more than Foden's 20 goals since the start of last season across all competitions.

Foden is still more than capable of excelling as a central midfield playmaker, as he proved when impressing for England against Andorra in the position earlier this month, but it seems for City he can have a greater impact out wide.

"I'm enjoying it (the new position)," Foden said. "I can drop deep and get the ball and pick the passes off. It's a new role for me and I can say I'm really enjoying it.

"It changes game-to-game. Sometimes I stay higher than normal, but this game they went man-to-man so I dropped a bit deeper and I thought we used the extra man well."

After the match, City boss Pep Guardiola said: "I know what it means coming here against this team, against this manager and this stadium and win here.

"It is a good lesson that in football it must be played with the ball and when you don't have it you suffer. Brighton are so hard to play against for 90 minutes. Against another opponent the game would be over (at 3-0), against this team it was not over."

Brighton pulled one back from the penalty spot after 80 minutes when Alexis Mac Allister beat Ederson, but Riyad Mahrez added a late fourth to put the result out of reach for the hosts and City secured the three points to move into second in the table above Liverpool and behind leaders Chelsea.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 +26 30
2 Manchester City 13 +20 29
3 Liverpool 13 +28 28
4 West Ham United 13 +8 23
5 Arsenal 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton 13 -4 15
15 Southampton 13 -7 14
16 Watford 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6