The England international managed three consecutive unsuccessful kicks as he blazed against the Seagulls
Raheem Sterling continued his poor penalty streak on Wednesday, becoming the first Premier League player in more than three years to miss three in a row.
Phil Foden gave City the advantage against Brighton, scoring just before half-time for his eighth goal of the season, the top of the team in all competitions.
City held the lead until the stoppage time, when Sterling had the chance to seal the game after Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez knocked Kevin De Bruyne into the box.
But Sterling rose to the top and soared over the bar, his third consecutive missed penalty in the Premier League.
the England The international became the first player to miss three consecutive penalties in the Premier League since Saido Berahino did so between April 2016 and September 2017.
3 – Raheem Sterling is the first player to miss three consecutive Premier League penalties since Saido Berahino did so between April 2016 and September 2017. Missing. #MCIBHA
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Global, Manchester city have missed seven Premier League penalties since the start of last season, more than any other team.
The city still managed to hold on for a 1-0 win, the club’s fourth consecutive win in the Premier League and eighth consecutive unbeaten game.
Pep Guardiola’s side were a game-changer after a slow start to the season and now have as many wins in their last four outings as in their previous 11 in the Premier League (W4 D5 L2).
This race puts City in third place in the table, four points behind the lead. Manchester United but also with one less game played than their city rivals.
Brighton, meanwhile, have slipped further into relegation issues and are now in 17th place – just one spot above the bottom three.
Speaking after the game, Brighton boss Graham Potter said he was still happy with his team’s efforts despite the loss.
“We are disappointed not to miss anything,” Potter said to the BBC. “We met a top-notch team. I’m so proud of the players. You have to suffer here, that’s how it is. We tried to attack.
“You’re always on the right track because they have fantastic players. They’re so good, they push you back. Our intention was to be up front and play and attack when we could.
“The boys defended themselves well when they had to do it and left everything on the pitch, that’s all you can ask for. You need everything to get through your way if you’re going to get anything here.
“The second half was really good, very lively. We pushed a very good team to the end.”