Goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero sealed a 2-0 win Manchester City over Brighton to send Pep Guardiola’s champions top of the table.
Sterling and Aguero struck in either half to secure a comfortable victory at Etihad Stadium, with City going top – at least until Liverpool and Chelsea’s late Saturday clash at Stamford Bridge.
Goals in the 29th and 65th minutes earned City three points in a game where they had 80 per cent possession and 28 shots to Brighton’s four.
Martin Montoya hauls down Raheem Sterling as he charges towards the area, and that is another booking for Lee Mason to dish out.
Before the free-kick can be taken, David Silva is replaced by Phil Foden, fresh from scoring his first senior goal for the club against Oxford in midweek.
Bernardo Silva’s free-kick is put behind for a corner, which is subsequently cleared, but City remain in complete control.
Aguero picks the ball up on the half-way line, ghosts past three Brighton players, plays a beautiful one-two with Sterling as he enters the penalty box and sidefoots a first-time finish past Ryan to double City’s lead. WHAT A GOAL. Aguero has been quiet this afternoon, but was irresistible there.
Eight yards out, Aguero has his powerful shot heroically blocked by Duffy, then Matt Ryan palms away another sweet strike David Silva. Still 1-0 to the champions at home.