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88'
P. Foden
David Silva
87'
Martín Montoya
Yellow Card
83'
J. Izquierdo
S. March
78'
A. Jahanbakhsh
A. Knockaert
73'
G. Murray
J. Locadia
71'
R. Mahrez
L. Sané
66'
Gabriel Jesus
S. Agüero
65'
S. Agüero
Goal
42'
S. Duffy
Yellow Card
29'
R. Sterling
Goal
9'
A. Knockaert
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
0
3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
13
1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 1
Total Passes 850 210

Commentary

City came out in the second half knowing they had full control of the game, picking up where they left off in the first half. When Aguero put on a clinic to start the move for his goal in the 65th minute, just before he was subbed out of the game, the hosts knew they were home.
City continue to throw down the gauntlet to Liverpool, as they take top spot on the table. Brighton are currently sitting in 14th position, but are under a bit of scrutiny from the teams below them, as they attempt to dig their way out of the relegation zone.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION.
90' + 3' City have had 80 per cent of possession, proving their dominance of the game, with Brighton unable to get out of second gear.
90' + 2' The game looks to have lost some intensity since Aguero's number flashed onto the substitution board.
90' We have three minutes of additional time to play.
P. Foden
David Silva
Manchester City
88' Third and final change for Manchester City as Silva jogs off the ground and he is replaced by Foden.
Martín Montoya
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
87' Montoya is awarded a yellow card after a bad foul on Sterling.
85' Should the scores stay the way they are at full time, Manchester City will go to the end of the round with a goal difference of positive 18 goals in seven games, reflecting their scoring dominance this season.
J. Izquierdo
S. March
Brighton & Hove Albion
83' Brighton clear the bench, as March runs off the ground with Izquierdo being given the final seven minutes plus stoppage time, to make an impact on the game.
81' City appear to be happy to ice the game as they chip the ball around the middle of the ground. 
79' There is a stoppage in play after Laporte comes off second best in an aerial contest, where he landed on his head, after a slight bump from Murray. He is attended to by the trainers and he appears to be okay, as he gets to his feet.
A. Jahanbakhsh
A. Knockaert
Brighton & Hove Albion
78' Brighton make their second change, in the midst of the stoppage, as Knockaert makes way for Jahanbakhsh.
77' Mahrez drifts in from the right hand side, as he takes the shot on goal, finding a slight deflection, but it is of no concern for Ryan, who makes the save.
75' Ederson has pretty much had a lazy day in front of goal for City, pretty much being a spectator for most of the game. Unless Brighton are able to find a way through, he is likely to finish with a clean sheet today.
G. Murray
J. Locadia
Brighton & Hove Albion
73' Brighton make their first change of the day as Locadia makes way for Murray, in a like for like replacement.
R. Mahrez
L. Sané
Manchester City
71' Sané's day is done as he jogs off the ground, being replaced by Mahrez, who has a chance to impress, in the final 19 minutes plus stoppage time.
70' It looks as though Brighton are readying their first sub for the match, coming to the realisation they need some fresh legs on the ground.
68' Here is an interesting stat. Aguero has scored only one goal fewer than what Brighton have scored all season.
Gabriel Jesus
S. Agüero
Manchester City
66' The goal scorer Agüero heads off for an early shower, being replaced by Jesus.
S. Agüero
Goal
Manchester City
65' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY - Aguero takes on two in the middle, as he slides it in for Sterling, but Aguero continues running into the box. Sterling returns to sender, as he taps it in past Ryan to score a goal. Manchester City 2 - Brighton & Hove Albion 0.
64' There is some movement on the City bench, as they prepare to make their first change of the match.
63' Sterling injects the pace, taking it into the box, but Bong with an impressive sliding challenge, is able to eliminate the danger for Brighton.
61' As much as City have dominated play for most of the first half and all of the second half so far, they have still left the door ajar for Brighton, as they only hold a one goal lead.
59' How much more can Ryan take? He pushes the ball away, for it to come back and with Duffy blocking the shot on goal, as it spills to Aguero, who drives it in, forcing Ryan to dive away and make another save. 
57' Bernardo Silva drives it into the box as Sane pounces onto it with a header at the back post, but he misdirects it pushing it down to the ground, with the bounce making it easier for Ryan to save.
55' Zinchenko with a shot from outside of the box. He keeps it low and drives it in hard, but it is no problem for Ryan, who gets down to claim the ball.
54' City have had 18 shots on goal with four on target. Brighton have had four shots on goal with only one on target.
52' Dunk is forced to go back to Ryan, to force a reset for Brighton, who desperately need to find a spark from their midfielders.
50' City are just monopolising possession of the ball at the moment, with the ball taking up an almost permanent residence, inside their attacking half.
48' Walker tunes up the band, as he winds up from outside of the box, sending the ball from left to right, just pushing it wide of goal.
47' Walker floats it into the box for Aguero, but it is just a little too high for him to be able to trouble Ryan.
46' SECOND HALF - City kick off to get us back under way for the second half.
Brighton need to dig deep over the half time break, to find a way of regenerating their line-up, as it is all too easy for Manchester City at the moment, who are threatening a second goal. If it wasn't for some clever keeping by Ryan, the game could almost be over by now.
HALF TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 1 - BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0: Manchester City go into the half time break holding a 1-0 lead over Brighton & Hove Albion. The game started off with what appeared to be a real upset on the cards, with Brighton testing Ederson early on. However, Manchester City were able to take over, culminating in a great team goal in the 29th minute, with Sterling taking the honours finding the back of the net. 
45' We have one minute of additional time to play for the first half.
44' Zinchenko crosses it over to Fernandinho, who spears a right footed shot on goal, forcing Ryan to push it away and back into play.
S. Duffy
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
42' Duffy connects with the lower leg of Silva, bringing him down in agony. Duffy immediately apologises to Silva, but it does not save him from the ire of the referee, who raises a yellow card in his direction.
41' Sane with a clever run into the box, he flicks it over to Silva to knock it in, but the Brighton defence are able to intervene and eliminate the clear and present danger.
39' Sterling picks it up, takes it for a walk, he pulls the trigger at the edge of the box looking for the top right corner of the net, but Ryan is able to swat it away, conceding the corner.
37' Ryan is a man under high alert at the moment. He continues to be tested by the Manchester City players, The Australian national goalkeeper needs to find a way to rally his defence.
35' Manchester City have complete control of this one at the moment. Brighton need to find a way of challenging Manchester City through the middle.
33' Sterling crosses it over to Bernardo Silva outside of the box, he plants the left boot onto it, but he misses away to the right.
31' Sterling continues his great form of recent times, averaging a goal in every three matches for Manchester City.
R. Sterling
Goal
Manchester City
29' GOAL MANCHESTER CITY - Aguero with a clean pair of heels, as he crosses it into the box for Sane, who sends it from right to left, for Sterling to tap it in past Ryan. Manchester City 1 - Brighton & Hove Albion 0.
28' Manchester City continue to press forward with Brighton able to resist their attacking plays for now.
26' Zinchenko passes it over to Sane, just outside of the box, but it is saved in the centre of goal by Ryan.
25' Bernardo Silva goes in a little too strong against Bissouma, giving away the resulting free kick inside the defensive half for Brighton.
23' Sterling with a cross to the centre of the box for Aguero, who lays in the right boot, but it misses away to the left.
21' Sane chases the ball inside the box, he attempts to keep the ball in but even his pace couldn't save him this time, with the ball going out for a goal kick.
19' Bernado Silva gets past three Brighton players, taking the ball towards the left sideline. He looks to centre the ball into the box, but Ryan senses the danger and palms it away.
17' March with a through ball for Locadia, but the flag is up for offside. A chance gone begging for the Seagulls.
15' The tide is starting to turn for the Sky Blues, with some positive plays through the middle of the ground. The Seagulls defence need to be on high alert.
13' Sane loses his footing inside the edge of the box, at the most crucial of moments, losing possession of the ball in the meantime.
11' Aguero has a chat to the referee indication he was clipped by an elbow from Dunk. The ref takes it under advisement and allows the match to continue.
A. Knockaert
Yellow Card
Brighton & Hove Albion
9' Knockaert is the first man to go into the referee's book, after a late challenge on Zinchecko.
8' It has been a spirited start to the game by Brighton, who are desperate to chalk up their second win of the season.
6' Knockaert takes the corner kick as Duffy gets onto the end of it with a header, which flies over the crossbar for a goal kick to the Sky Blues.
4' Aguero has possession of the ball inside the box, he looks to find a way through with an overhead kick, which is blocked by Duffy and cleared away from danger by the Seagulls defence.
2' Knockaert with a cross to the centre of the box, Duffy heads it towards goal but Ederson has it covered.
1' FIRST HALF - Brighton kick off to get things under way.
Brighton & Hove Albion subs: David Button, Bruno, Leon Balogun, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo, Bernado. 
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-1-1): Mat Ryan; Martin Montoya, Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Gaetan Bong; Anthony Knockaert, Davy Propper, Beram Kayal, Solly March; Yves Bissouma; Jurgen Locadia. 
Manchester City subs: Arijanet Muric, Danilo, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, David Silva; Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane.
Brighton have never won an away game against Manchester City in all competitions. They have lost six of their eight games away, with two drawn games.
Manchester City, The Sky Blues, have won the last two matches against Brighton, The Seagulls. However, they have never won three in a row against the Seagulls, in the top four tiers of English football.
Welcome to Etihad Stadium for the match between Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion. It's 2nd v 14th on the current table standings.
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