Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City Live Commentary, 23/10/2021

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A. Mac Allister (81 pen)
İ. Gündoğan (13)
P. Foden (28)
P. Foden (31)
R. Mahrez (90+5)
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City are next in action in the EFL Cup on Wednesday on the road at West Ham. Brighton are also in cup action on the same day, away to Leicester City.
Manchester City delivered an emphatic performance to defeat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 in their Premier League clash at the Amex Stadium. Ilkay Gundogan put the visitors ahead with a close-range finish after a mistake by Robert Sanchez. Phil Foden then notched two strikes before the break, finishing on the slide for his first before deflecting a Gabriel Jesus shot into the net. The Seagulls responded in the second half and got a deserved goal back from the penalty spot courtesy of Alexis Mac Allister. However, City had the final say as Riyad Mahrez slammed home a strike in stoppage time.
90' + 5' Brighton have conceded four goals for the first time in 43 Premier League games, since a 4-2 loss against Everton in October 2020. The Seagulls have conceded as many goals today as they had in their previous seven league games combined.
R. Mahrez
Manchester City
90' + 5' GOAL!! MAHREZ SLAMS HOME A FOURTH!!! 4-1 CITY!!!! Mahrez latches on to an offload from Foden in the box and has time to pick his spot, hammering a left-footed strike past Sanchez with ease. City end the game on a high note.
P. Foden
Manchester City
90' + 5' Foden spots Mahrez in acres of space in the penalty area and offloads to his team-mate, who applies a fine finish.
90' + 3' Foden is eyeing his hat-trick. He collects an offload from De Bruyne and angles another strike towards goal, but is denied by Veltman on this occasion.
90' + 1' Foden's endless energy allows him to surge into the box. He shapes to shoot, but sees his effort blocked by Dunk on the slide.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
89' SAVE! Foden is denied his hat-trick by Sanchez. The England man surges into the left-inside channel and stabs an effort towards goal at the near post. However, the Brighton keeper spreads himself to make the block before gathering the loose ball at the second attempt.
88' Moder and Cucurella have to be alert at the back to prevent two cutbacks from De Bruyne finding Mahrez in the middle.
R. Mahrez
Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City
87' Mahrez replaces Jesus for the closing stages of the contest.
86' WIDE! Lamptey drops his shoulder and cuts inside from the right flank. He escapes three challenges, but skews his right-footed strike well wide of the target.
Ederson Moraes
Yellow Card
Manchester City
84' Ederson goes into the book for time-wasting from his goal kick. A sign of City nerves perhaps.
83' Trossard delivers a cross from the left flank that travels into the box, but evades every blue and white shirt before heading behind for a goal-kick.
82' Dias brings down March with a strong challenge and hands Brighton a free-kick in a useful position. Brighton can send forward men from the back.
A. Mac Allister
Penalty Goal
Brighton & Hove Albion
81' GOAL!! MAC ALLISTER CONVERTS AND IT'S 3-1!1 Brighton have a goal back as Mac Allister fires his kick through the hands of Ederson into the top-right corner. The midfielder goes for power and has just enough to break through the palms of the City keeper to find the net. Brighton have deserved a consolation for their second-half performance.
81' The penalty stands. Mac Allister will take the spot-kick.
80' PENALTY TO BRIGHTON! Ederson lunges in on Mwepu and brings down the forward in the box. The referee points to the spot, but the decision will be reviewed.
78' Lamptey continues to cause problems down the right flank. He gets the better of Fernandinho before Laporte gets across to clear into touch.
K. De Bruyne
J. Grealish
Manchester City
77' De Bruyne replaces Grealish after a productive performance from the England man.
76' Grealish surges down the left flank and breaks into the box. However, Veltman closes down the midfielder before he can pull the trigger.
İ. Gündoğan
Manchester City
75' Gundogan is withdrawn by Guardiola as Fernandinho enters the game to shore up the City midfield.
74' OVER! Lamptey robs Grealish of possession and feeds March in the final third. The winger turns inside from the right flank to shoot on his left foot, but he lifts his effort well over the bar.
A. Mac Allister
P. Groß
Brighton & Hove Albion
72' Mac Allister enters the action in the final third to replace Gross.
A. Lallana
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
70' Lallana fouls Gundogan in a 50/50 battle for the ball. The referee gives the free-kick to City and Lallana questions the decision in an overzealous manner. He goes into the book for dissent.
69' Walker wins a free-kick as he goes down under pressure from Trossard. He takes his time to get to his feet, taking some tempo out of the contest.
66' March floats a cross in from the left flank, but it is a tame delivery from the winger that allows Ederson to claim, easing the pressure on the City backline.
65' Lamptey turns his way past Cancelo and Grealish with a delightful piece of skill. He floats a cross into the box that falls towards Moder. The midfielder directs a pass towards Cucurella on the charge, but Jesus diverts his cross behind for a corner.
65' The Seagulls have been much improved in the break and are starting to put the visitors under real pressure at the back.
64' Moder surges in from the left flank and shapes to shoot from the left-inside channel, but Walker throws himself in the way of his strike at goal.
J. Moder
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
63' Moder pulls back Rodri on the run and goes into the book for his challenge.
61' SAVE! Ederson produces a fine stop to deny Trossard. Moder releases the Belgian in the left-inside channel with a neat pass. He fires low and hard towards goal on his left foot. Ederson somehow parries the ball into the ground before it travels over the bar.
João Cancelo
Yellow Card
Manchester City
60' Cancelo produces a late challenge on Lamptey and goes into the book. The home fans are furious with the Portuguese, especially considering the injury history of the Brighton full-back.
58' SAVE! Trossard makes a neat move inside from the left flank and opens up space to shoot, but his effort is straight at Ederson.
E. Mwepu
N. Maupay
Brighton & Hove Albion
58' Mwepu replaces Maupay in the final third for the home side.
T. Lamptey
D. Burn
Brighton & Hove Albion
57' Lamptey returns to the field at the Amex Stadium after a lengthy lay-off. He replaces Burn and that will see Veltman move inside.
57' March is played down the left flank and he fires a dangerous cross towards Maupay. However, the delivery just evades the run of the forward and travels away from danger.
55' SAVE! Gross has Brighton's first shot on target in the second half as he collects a cross from Trossard and fires at goal on the turn. Ederson fumbles the attempt, but gathers on the follow-up just ahead of Maupay.
53' Dias rises from a corner from Foden on the left flank, but he plants his tame header straight into the hands of Sanchez.
50' Jesus collects an offload from Foden and goes down under pressure from Cucurella before he can shoot. There are muted appeals for a penalty, but the referee waves play on.
48' CHANCE! Cancelo works the ball to Foden in the box and he turns to fire at goal, but he scuffs his right-footed strike wide of the left post.
46' WIDE! Cancelo lines up a blast on the edge of the box on his left foot that deflects off the legs of Dunk and travels just wide of the right post.
46' We're back under way at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton have been admirable in their approach this season, but they have been naive tonight. They have afforded the visitors too much space in the final third and have paid the price. Their only hope looks to be keeping the scoreline respectable in the second half, bar a miracle comeback.
Manchester City have enjoyed a dominant first half in their Premier League clash against Brighton and Hove Albion, taking a 3-0 lead into the break. Ilkay Gundogan put the visitors ahead with a close-range finish after Robert Sanchez dropped the ball in the box. Phil Foden then scored a brace to put City in command, firing home on the slide and then diverting a strike from Gabriel Jesus into the back of the net.
45' + 2' Grealish collects on the right flank and manoeuvres his way to the edge of the box. He curls a right-footed effort towards goal that Sanchez holds with ease.
45' + 1' CHANCE! Foden has an opening at goal to score a first-half hat-trick, but he sees his effort saved. Burn gives the ball away to Gundogan, who surges and feeds the England man in the box. Foden turns and shoots on his left foot, but Sanchez gets down to make a simple stop.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
43' SAVE! Brighton keep the pressure on and March goes for goal on his unfavoured right foot. He stings the hands of Ederson, who fails to hold the ball before he gathers ahead of Maupay on the rebound.
42' Rodri loses out to March, who feeds Moder in space, but the winger fails to beat Dias with his strike.
39' Brighton have earned plaudits for their performances this season. However, they have been too open against City this evening and have paid the price. Guardiola will feel that the game is done and dusted here.
37' After taking credit for deflecting Jesus' strike past Sanchez, Foden has now scored the second brace of his career. His first came against Burnley in 2020.
35' Brighton have space down the left flank and Cucurella floats a cross into the box towards Trossard. Rodri acts to divert it away from the Belgian and behind for a corner.
33' City have been rampant in the first half and have put the home side to the sword with ease.
Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City
31' The shot from Gabriel Jesus may have been heading narrowly wide before it clipped Foden.
P. Foden
Manchester City
31' GOAL!!! FODEN DEFLECTS JESUS' STRIKE HOME !!! 3-0 CITY!! The visitors take complete control as Jesus' strike deflects off Foden and beats Sanchez, although the keeper should save it. Jesus starts the incisive break into the box as he finds Grealish in space. Sanchez blocks the effort of the England man, but Jesus pounces on the rebound. He steers a left-footed effort towards goal that deflects off Foden and even though Sanchez gets a hand to it, he cannot prevent the ball finding the left corner. Another poor moment from the Spaniard.
P. Foden
Manchester City
28' GOAL!!! FODEN SCORES AFTER A RAPID BREAK!!! 2-0 CITY!!!! The visitors notch a second goal through a brilliant counter that Foden finishes on his left boot. Cucurella gives the ball away in midfield and it allows Silva to release Grealish down the left flank. He bursts forward into the box before spotting the run of Foden. The England man produces a fine cutback for his team-mate to finish on the slide under duress from Burn.
J. Grealish
Manchester City
28' Grealish latches on to Silva's pass and surges forward. He shows great vision to spot the run of Foden before supplying his team-mate with a fine pass to convert.
26' City attempt to build down the right flank as Silva tries to force a pass through for Foden. However, it just evades the forward and travels through to Sanchez.
24' Only Mohamed Salah (16) and Harry Kane (15) have scored more Premier League goals in 2021 than Gundogan (13).
K. Walker
Yellow Card
Manchester City
22' Walker clips the ankles of Cucurella with a late challenge and goes into the book.
20' CHANCE! City cut open the Brighton defence once more as Foden spreads the ball to Grealish. He sees his shot repelled, but the rebound falls to Jesus. The Brazilian fires a crisp left-footed effort towards goal, only to be denied by a sharp save from Sanchez. The Spaniard may have just redeemed himself for his earlier mistake.
19' SAVE! Grealish releases Foden through on goal down the left-inside channel. The forward does take a poor first touch and it allows Sanchez to race out and knock it away before gathering the rebound ahead of Grealish.
18' March applies pressure on Cancelo and forces the mistake from the Portuguese. Trossard latches on to the loose ball and clips a cross into the box. Moder attacks it 10 yards from goal, but can only head his effort wide of the post.
17' WIDE! Trossard turns in the box but fires wide of the left post. Gross does well down the right flank and sends a dangerous cross into the box. Trossard and Maupay both go for the ball, but the Belgian gets there first. He finds space to turn, although he fails to provide the quality finish required.
15' Lallana loses out in the middle of the park to Gundogan, but the German's attempt to spread a pass out wide to Grealish in space travels out for a throw-in.
Bernardo Silva
Manchester City
13' Silva reacts to a mistake from Sanchez and hooks the ball towards goal. Gundogan reacts and converts from close range.
İ. Gündoğan
Manchester City
13' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! GUNDOGAN CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE! 1-0 CITY!! Sanchez commits a howler at the back as drops a deflected strike from Foden. Silva hooks it into the path of Gundogan, who bundles the ball home from six yards into an empty net. Not a great moment for the Brighton keeper.
11' WHAT A CLEARANCE OFF THE LINE! Dunk denies Jesus with a brilliant acrobatic kick off the line. City cut open the hosts down the right-inside channel and Jesus takes possession. He finds the angle to drill a low strike towards goal, and although Sanchez gets a touch it appears destined for the net. However, Dunk acts on the line to prevent the Brazilian breaking the deadlock.
8' Rodri gets the flick-on at the near post from the resulting corner from Gundogan, but Sanchez comes through a crowd to claim the ball.
7' SAVE! Cancelo fires low and hard towards the bottom-left corner after collecting a cutback from Grealish. It takes a deflection off March, but Sanchez reacts to turn it behind for a corner.
5' The Seagulls clear their lines from the City free-kick. Brighton cannot afford to lose the battle at set-pieces tonight.
4' Dunk and Foden compete for the ball down the left flank, but the City man goes down under pressure from the defender and wins a free-kick.
3' Brighton are enjoying an early spell of possession. City are not used to starting a contest without the ball.
1' We're under way at the Amex Stadium.
Having lost their first seven Premier League games against Manchester City by an aggregate score of 21-2, Brighton came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in their last such meeting in May.
City have made two changes to their side that beat Club Brugge during the week. Jesus slots into the final third in place of Mahrez, who drops to the bench. De Bruyne is also rested from the start as Gundogan returns to the fold in the middle of the park.
Brighton have made one change to their side that drew against Norwich last time out. Duffy comes out of the line-up and drops to the bench as March comes in to start on the left flank. The Seagulls are expected to line up with a 4-4-2 formation, but March could be pushed further forward to support Trossard and Maupay.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: John Stones, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Samuel Edozie, Cole Palmer.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden.
BRIGHTON SUBS: Tariq Lamptey, Adam Webster, Aaron Connolly, Yves Bissouma, Alexis Mac Allister, Enock Mwepu, Jason Steele, Shane Duffy, Taylor Richards.
BRIGHTON (4-4-2): Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn, Marc Cucurella; Pascal Gross, Jakub Moder, Adam Lallana, Solly March; Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay.
City were clinical during the week in the Champions League, beating Club Brugge 5-1 on the road. It backed up their efforts in the Premier League after seeing off Burnley 2-0 on home soil last week. Pep Guardiola's men will need to maintain their edge in the final third as the Seagulls have been difficult to break down. City cannot afford to fall further behind Chelsea at the top of the table.
Brighton have drawn their last three matches on the bounce in the Premier League, but are unbeaten in their last five. Graham Potter's men have punched above their weight in the top flight this term and sit in fourth place ahead of kick-off. The Seagulls have been accused of lacking a cutting edge, which has affected their ability to kill off opponents of late. They have to be ruthless tonight against the champions.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.