Man City 2-0 Brighton: Aguero and Sterling on target

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  • Manchester City held nearly 80% possession
  • Sergio Aguero scored his 5th goal of the season
  • Man City earned its third clean sheet in a row

Manchester City had little trouble moving to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday, brushing Brighton & Hove Albion aside for a 2-0 win. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero put the finishing touches on the pair of goals and City was never truly put to the test at the back.

The match started quite open, as both teams earned corners in the opening two minutes. Aguero tried an audacious overhead kick in traffic but it was weak and blocked.  Anthony Knockaert earned himself an early caution with a late, studs-up tackle on Oleksandr Zinchenko, catching the Ukranian square in the shin. Knockaert may consider himself lucky to remain on the pitch with just a yellow card shown.

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Brighton hardly had a touch of the ball as Manchester City had 70% possession through the opening 20 minutes. The hosts pummeled the Brighton box with 12 crosses over that span, but failed to produce a shot on target. Finally, they opened up the Seagulls right on the half-hour mark and it came on the counter. Leroy Sane forced the turnover, and he made a run which Aguero found, with the German crossing across the face of goal to Raheem Sterling for the sliding finish.

City continued to push forward, and Sane pulled back for Zinchenko on 37 minutes, but his stinging shot was blocked. Sterling put on a show weaving through the box past defenders, but his effort towards the near post was just tipped over by Matthew Ryan.

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Following the halftime break, City remained the more dangerous team by a clear margin. Near the half-hour mark, a second was nearly produced as Sane rifled a cross into the box, but the Brighton defenders threw their bodies around to block three separate efforts on net.

That second would come shortly after on 65 minutes, and it was spectacular. Sergio Aguero ran straight down the middle on the ball past no fewer than five Brighton defenders before feeding Sterling on the left. The England international didn’t stay on the ball long, returning it to Aguero at close range, and he finished easily.

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City’s second would wrap things up, as Pep Guardiola withdrew Sane and and Aguero with 20 minutes to go. Brighton threatened little all match, with just 21% possession and one lone shot on target. The three points at the Etihad push Manchester City up to the top of the Premier League table at the moment, with Liverpool still to play. Brighton sits in 14th, stuck in the crowded bottom half of the table with five points.

Spurs snap skid at rain-soaked Brighton

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  • Murray concedes PK
  • Kane converts it
  • Lamela put it away
  • Spurs skid ends

Harry Kane and Erik Lamela score on a rain-soaked Amex Stadium pitch as Tottenham Hotspur put an end to its losing ways with a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzinaga made his first start since last season’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, and came within a Anthony Knockaert stoppage time goal of another clean sheet.

Spurs move fifth with 10 points, ending their three-match losing streak in all competitions. Brighton is 13th with six points.

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Clad in their green kits, Spurs nearly went ahead in the first few moments but Toby Alderweireld‘s inspired ball bounded through the box.

Spurs had most of the ball but little danger when Kieran Trippier‘s free kick was blocked by the raised arm of Glenn Murray inside the box.

That sent Kane to the spot, and the big Englishman did not miss his chance.

A sleepy, sloppy match opened up a bit with Christian Eriksen‘s promising curler that missed far post in the 54th minute.

Lamela made it 2-0 with a pinpoint low shot in the final 15 minutes, and Brighton’s hopes for a draw were dashed on a rainy day at the Amex.

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Knockaert made it 2-1 in the third minute of stoppage, and then was saved by Gazzaniga a minute later.

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Murray scores beauty as Brighton thumping Man United at half

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Might we have an upset on our hands at the Amex Stadium?

Manchester United trails Brighton and Hove Albion on a deft goal from Glenn Murray against the run of play and a quickfire addition to the score line from Shane Duffy.

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It was mostly United in the first 20 minutes before Anthony Knockaert raced onto a long ball and spun a 20-yard shot wide of David De Gea‘s far post.

Brighton did indeed take the lead through Murray, who cut in front of Victor Lindelof to flick a pretty ball from Solly March beyond De Gea.

Duffy then settled a cross in the heart of the United box before doubling Brighton’s advantage.

Lukaku answered with a headed goal, but a poor pass from David De Gea led to Eric Bailly‘s sliding challenge on Pascal Gross. He converted the penalty to make it 3-1.

“To stay up against Man Utd is unforgettable”

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Brighton’s nightmare run of fixtures to end the season is little more than an inconvenience after the Gulls knocked off Manchester United on Friday.

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Chris Hughton‘s men ensured another season in the Premier League with their 1-0 win, as Pascal Gross nodded just over the line to push Brighton to 40 points.

Brighton celebrated wildly after the win, their first over United since 1982, and French attacker Knockaert put words to their celebrations. From the BBC:

“It was a night we’ll remember all our lives. To stay up against Man Utd is unforgettable.”

“It’s brilliant for us. We have great quality in the team and a player like Pascal Gross who can create things and players who work so hard for each other. Everyone loves each other and that’s what makes the difference.”

Knockaert has three goals and an assist this season, a step back from his 15 and nine in the Championship.

Burnley 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Inching forward

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  • Brighton commits 17 fouls
  • Burnley all but clinches Europa League
  • Burnley out shoots Gulls 10-9

Brighton and Hove Albion picked up a valuable point in a dull draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Brighton is five points clear of the drop zone with three matches remaining.

Burnley remains comfortably seventh, six points and 16 goals of differential better than Everton.

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Burnley and Brighton had a proper youth soccer ball scrum for within the six yard box in the highlight of a Claret-heavy but uninspiring first half, with handball shouts rightly denied. Rebecca Lowe called it an “almighty scramble” on NBCSN, and she was spot on.

Brighton made some noise to start the second half, with Anthony Knockaert forcing Nick Pope into a 49th minute save.

Mat Ryan made a collection through traffic when Burnley bid to score of a 66th minute corner.

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