Sergio Aguero leads Manchester City to victory over Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton and Hove Albion have lost their first match in the Premier League 2-0 to Manchester City.
The Seagulls held firm until the 70th minute but Sergio Aguero’s goal broke the resistance before Lewis Dunk put the ball into his own net.
City dominated the opening stages but were largely wasteful in front of goal. Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Danilo and Fernandinho all had opportunities but missed the target.
A shot on target did finally come in the 17th minute but Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick nestled into the hands of Mat Ryan.
Jesus had a goal disallowed in the 28th minute. A beautiful ball over the top from De Bruyne was bundled into the net by Jesus but the ball hit his hand on the way in.
City came close to opening the scoring five minutes later, and it was Jesus again causing problems for the Brighton defence. Aguero’s cross found the Brazilian but Ryan pulled off a stunning diving save to keep the header out.
Jesus had another goal disallowed in the 52nd minute. He finished a cross into an empty net but the flag was up for offside. Aguero then missed a minute later, ballooning the ball over the bar after intercepting a Shane Duffy back pass.
Brighton made a rare foray forward. From a corner, Jamie Murphy’s cross is aimed at Markus Suttner but the City defence cleared. They came back a minute later and Dunk had two shots blocked after City failed to clear a corner.
City finally took the lead in the 70th minute. David Silva took the ball off Dale Stephens in midfield before sending a through ball ahead of Aguero to power into the net.
The lead was doubled five minutes later when Dunk headed into his own net when trying to clear Fernandinho’s cross.
City dominated possession throughout and Brighton never looked like getting back into the game.