Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Manchester Metropolis: Phil Foden scores twice in comfy win for guests

Phil Foden has 4 objectives this season

Phil Foden scored twice as Manchester Metropolis produced a devastating first-half show to beat Brighton and transfer as much as second within the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s facet scored three objectives within the opening half hour as Brighton, who may have gone above Metropolis with a win, merely couldn’t address the away facet’s sweeping assaults.

An excellent hooked clearance off the road by Lewis Dunk from Gabriel Jesus’ shot within the tenth minute was solely a quick reprieve for the hosts as Metropolis took the lead three minutes later.

Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez dropped a routine save from a deflected shot on the ft of Bernardo Silva, who rapidly discovered Ilkay Gundogan to attain from shut vary.

The guests made it 2-0 after a devastatingly fast break from a Brighton assault, charging up the pitch earlier than Jack Grealish flicked the ball into Foden’s path and the ahead made no mistake for his third objective of the season.

Foden bought his fourth of the marketing campaign simply moments later as Jesus’ shot deflected off him after Sanchez may solely stab away Grealish’s low effort on the close to submit.

The England worldwide virtually bought his hat-trick simply earlier than half time however Sanchez made a superb save to maintain out a curling effort.

Brighton have been higher after the break and Ederson needed to be alert to maintain out first rate efforts from Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard.

Ederson was lastly overwhelmed within the closing levels when Enock Mwepu was introduced down contained in the field and Alexis Mac Allister simply managed to get the ball previous the Metropolis goalkeeper’s dive.

Brighton got here from two-goals all the way down to beat Guardiola’s facet final season however there was to be no fightback this time as Metropolis wrapped up the win when an unmarked Riyad Mahrez rifled residence in stoppage time because the guests moved again to inside two factors of leaders Chelsea.

Slick Metropolis firmly of their groove

Ilkay Gündogan, left, celebrates opening the scoring against Brighton
Solely Mohamed Salah (16) and Harry Kane (15) have scored extra Premier League objectives in 2021 than Manchester Metropolis’s Ilkay Gundogan (left)

Metropolis began this season with a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham but when that produced any considerations about their potential to mount a robust title defence they’ve lengthy since been eradicated.

They haven’t misplaced a Premier League sport since and the final seven days have seen them at their attacking finest, with 11 objectives scored of their final three video games and simply two conceded.

Brighton had come into this sport having conceded simply two objectives in open play within the Premier League after a superb begin to the season however Metropolis bought three towards them in simply 31 minutes because the hosts punished virtually each slight mistake the Seagulls made.

Metropolis had 9 photographs on course within the first half – probably the most by any facet within the Premier League this season – and whereas they have been far beneath that stage after the break, the injury had already been finished.

Brighton will take coronary heart from a second-half efficiency that confirmed their early season type will not be a blip, though Metropolis did come to life after Mac Allister’s late objective.

Metropolis have now taken 20 factors from the final 24 on supply within the Premier League and present no indicators of slowing down of their pursuit of back-to-back league titles.

Participant of the match

MarchSolly March

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad quantity20Participant identifyMarch

  2. Squad quantity2Participant identifyLamptey

  3. Squad quantity5Participant identifyDunk

  4. Squad quantity3Participant identifyCucurella

  5. Squad quantity10Participant identifyMac Allister

  6. Squad quantity14Participant identifyLallana

  7. Squad quantity11Participant identifyTrossard

  8. Squad quantity15Participant identifyModer

  9. Squad quantity1Participant identifySánchez

  10. Squad quantity12Participant identifyMwepu

  11. Squad quantity34Participant identifyVeltman

  12. Squad quantity13Participant identifyGroß

  13. Squad quantity33Participant identifyBurn

  14. Squad quantity9Participant identifyMaupay

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Sánchez
  • 34Veltman
  • 5Dunk
  • 33BurnSubstituted forLampteyat 57′minutes
  • 20March
  • 13GroßSubstituted forMac Allisterat 72′minutes
  • 14LallanaBooked at 70mins
  • 15ModerBooked at 63mins
  • 3Cucurella
  • 11Trossard
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forMwepuat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 4Webster
  • 7Connolly
  • 8Bissouma
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 12Mwepu
  • 23Steele
  • 24Duffy
  • 30Richards

Man Metropolis

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31EdersonBooked at 84mins
  • 2WalkerBooked at 22mins
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 14Laporte
  • 27CanceloBooked at 60mins
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forFernandinhoat 75′minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forMahrezat 87′minutes
  • 47Foden
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 53Edozie
  • 80Palmer

Referee:
Kevin Pal

Attendance:
31,215

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