Champions Manchester City suffer a bizarre 2-3 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion away at the Amex Stadium.
Manchester City have already been crowned champions in the Premier league this season but it was a rather dominant display from Graham Potter’s much inspired Brighton side to snatch their 9th victory of their league campaign. Brighton came from two goals down to beat 10-man Manchester City much to the delight of 7,945 home fans at Amex Stadium.
The Match as it happened
Brighton went into this match having previously lost all seven of their Premier League meetings with Manchester City by an aggregate score of 21-2.
City made six changes to their side that beat Newcastle in their last outing. Ederson returned in goal to replace Scott Carson and Zinchenko, Stones and Dias return to the backline, while Mahrez and Foden joined Torres in the final third. There was however no room on the bench for Raheem Sterling or Kyle Walker. However, Brighton made only one change to their side that drew with West Ham last time out.
Brighton afforded champions City a guard of honour in the pre-match preliminaries but maintained that friendly welcome in the opening stages as Ilkay Gundogan headed the visitors in front just within 2 minutes. However, the complexion of the game changed when Joao Cancelo was adjudged to have denied Danny Welbeck a clear goalscoring opportunity after failing to deal with a long ball and was given his marching orders.
Phil Foden’s superb solo effort put City 2-0 up just after half time. Foden picked the ball up in his own half and raced past White on the outside. He dribbled past Webster before firing a wonderful finish straight into the far corner.
Leandro Trossard gave Brighton hope with a cool close-range finish two minutes later, and the hosts then started to pile up pressure on City goal.
The pressure told and Brighton levelled when Adam Webster levelled, rising highest in the box to head home Pascal Gross’s delivery at the 70th minute mark.
With 14 minutes left, Dan Burn got the Brighton winner and the stadium turned bedlam. Burn’s first effort is saved by Ederson but the ball comes back to him about ten yards out and he fires into the roof of the net to put the home side ahead. City managed to get some late chances but failed to convert as referee Jon Moss blew the final whistle much to the joy of the home side.
It was for the first time in the Premier League, that Brighton have beaten champions Manchester City. Pep Guardiola and Graham Potter clashed after full time and words were exchanged.
“Fantastic. To play against the best team, the champions is a wonderful test for us. It helped us with ten men for so long. We were brave with our defending from the start, and great to get the reward. They’re the best team, we had our night tonight. Pleased for the players, and pleased for the supporters. It’s a good way to bring them back.” told Brighton coach Graham Potter after his team’s win.
It’s been a bruising one for City who lost Gundogan to injury, and had Cancelo sent off before their final game at home against Everton while its a positive result for Brighton before they face Arsenal in the final game of their campaign.