Phil Foden’s pinpoint strike moments earlier than half-time gave Manchester Metropolis a 1-Zero win over Brighton to maneuver the hosts as much as third within the Premier League.
Foden slotted inside Robert Sanchez’s close to publish from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross with a minute remaining of a gap interval during which the hosts had been largely held off by their lowly guests.
Riyad Mahrez ought to have doubled the benefit after half-time however fired extensive, earlier than Bernardo Silva struck the publish inside minutes as Metropolis briefly threatened to run away with victory.
Brighton continued to rally however noticed their hopes of a late draw seem to take a blow when De Bruyne was introduced down by Sanchez within the space in harm time. Substitute Raheem Sterling stepped up from 12 yards however blazed his penalty effectively over the bar.
Manchester Metropolis: Ederson (7), Cancelo (6), Stones (7), Dias (7), Zinchenko (6), Gundogan (7), Rodri (7), Silva (6), Mahrez (6), De Bruyne (7), Foden (8).
Subs: Jesus (6), Sterling (5).
Brighton: Sanchez (7), Burn (6), Webster (7), Dunk (6), Veltman (6), Propper (6), White (7), Bernardo (7), Mac Allister (7), Tau (7), Trossard (6).
Subs: Maupay (5), March (6), Khadra (n/a).
Man of the match: Phil Foden
Foden magic proves the distinction for Metropolis
Lower than 24 hours after their nearest neighbours had gone three factors clear on the high of the Premier League desk, Metropolis got an ideal likelihood to no less than minimize the deficit to the highest towards a Brighton facet with one league win since September.
However the guests’ league place has typically belied them, as proved the case within the first half on the Etihad, the place solely two De Bruyne efforts, each pulling sensible saves out of Sanchez, regarded like giving the hosts the lead. Leandro Trossard fired extensive after a superb run as Brighton sometimes threatened on the break.
It was consistent with the opening interval that Metropolis’s purpose, moments earlier than the break, got here considerably out of nothing, with De Bruyne discovering Foden to show away from two defenders on the sting of the field earlier than slotting a pinpoint low effort past a despairing Sanchez at his close to publish.
Metropolis continued their possessional dominance after half-time however Brighton nonetheless had purpose to consider they might snatch one thing from the sport given their very own expansive type, and 10 minutes in Davy Propper lastly pulled a save out of the returning Ederson from a half-cleared nook.
Brighton quickly discovered themselves hanging on by means of a flurry of Metropolis assaults, with Mahrez discovered unmarked by a clipped free-kick earlier than firing extensive, and Silva firing towards the publish on the rebound from an Ilkay Gundogan effort.
The Seagulls continued to press however wasted their peak benefit from quite a few late corners. Sterling was then handed the possibility to double the lead within the ultimate minute after Sanchez hauled down De Bruyne – however he blasted effectively over.
What the managers mentioned…
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola: “I’ve mentioned many occasions about Phil [Foden], taking a look at his age, variety of video games, variety of objectives, variety of assists – that speaks for itself.
“I am delighted, it was one other good efficiency, he is a man who has a particular intuition near the purpose. He deserves to play. His requirements are increased, so he deserves to play. I attempt to choose the workforce within the latest previous, within the day-by-day, and I’ve a sense he lives his life 24 hours to play soccer.”
Brighton supervisor Graham Potter: “We’re upset to return away with nothing, in any recreation you need to get one thing from the match however we had been taking part in towards a high workforce and our gamers gave all the pieces, they left all the pieces on the pitch.
“That is all you may ask for, if the opponents are higher on the day, that is how it’s. We had nice character, nice high quality, once we had the possibility, we defended for our lives, and I am actually happy with them.”
Man of the match – Phil Foden
It stays a thriller how Phil Foden doesn’t have greater than seven Premier League begins this season, as a result of the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ is now Metropolis’s high scorer in all competitions, and secured victory with the type of strike not a lot of his team-mates may have managed.
Foden was his regular artistic self out extensive and performed some pretty link-up towards a dogged Brighton defence.
- Man Metropolis have gained their final 4 Premier League video games, as many as they’d of their earlier 11 within the competitors (W4 D5 L2).
- Brighton are and not using a win in 9 Premier League video games, the longest present run within the competitors (D5 L4).
- No facet have saved extra Premier League clear sheets this season than Manchester Metropolis (8), with the Residents additionally having the fewest objectives conceded to this point this time period (13).
- Manchester Metropolis have gained all seven of their Premier League conferences with Brighton, by an combination rating of 21-2.
- Manchester Metropolis have missed seven penalties within the Premier League for the reason that begin of final season, greater than another facet. Three of those have been missed by Raheem Sterling.
- Phil Foden scored his eighth purpose of the season in all competitions, greater than another Manchester Metropolis participant.
- Man Metropolis’s Kevin De Bruyne offered his 14th help of the season in all competitions – no Premier League participant has extra.
Manchester Metropolis have one other residence recreation up subsequent with Crystal Palace visiting the Etihad Stadium on Tremendous Sunday, stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 7pm: Kick-off at 7.15pm.
Brighton journey to Leeds on Saturday, additionally stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 2.30pm; Kick-off at 3pm.