Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion Live Commentary & Result, 13/01/2021, Premier League

Manchester City secure their seventh win in a row in all competitions, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 in their Premier League clash this evening. They move four points behind Manchester United at the top of the table with a game in hand over their rivals. Phil Foden’s precise strike just before half-time was enough for Pep Guardiola’s men, who lacked their usual clinical edge in front of goal. Raheem Sterling epitomised their struggles with a late miss from the penalty spot, although the Seagulls were unable to punish the home side.


90′ + 3′ Sterling breathes a sigh of relief as City clear a late Brighton free-kick before the referee ends the contest.

90′ + 2′ MISS! Sterling blazes his strike over the bar. The England man fails to notch the second goal that would effectively end the game. He lines up his kick from 12 yards, only to clear the bar with his right-footed effort. An awful attempt.

90′ + 1′ PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY! Dunk sells Sanchez short with a header back to the keeper following a throw-in. De Bruyne pounces, but gets brought down by Sanchez. The referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

90′ There will be three minutes of added time.

88′ Bernardo earns March a second chance to whip a set-piece into the box, but on this occasion the winger sends the ball out of play. Potter is furious with March.

87′ March wastes a good crossing opportunity for the visitors, failing to beat the first man at the near post – De Bruyne – who clears the danger.

87′ City’s defensive resilience will be put to the test in the closing stages. Silva concedes a corner down the Brighton left flank that allows the visitors to send the big men forward from the back.

86′ Trossard is withdrawn for Khadra for the closing stages of the game.

83′ Sterling collects in the left inside channel and tries to force a strike between two players, but his effort is blocked by Veltman.

82′ Foden has made the decisive impact on the game, but he is now withdrawn for Sterling.

80′ Brighton have got behind the City defence on a couple of occasions tonight, but have lacked the clinical edge required to test Ederson. 

78′ Trossard releases Maupay behind the City defence and he takes a decent first touch, but he dwells too long on his next decision and allows Stones to get back to make a vital interevention.

77′ Webster lunges in on Silva and goes into the book.

75′ City have lost their edge since the substitutions. Jesus is operating on the left flank rather than through the middle, which has disrupted the rhythm of the home side.

73′ Mac Allister tries to be too clever with the set-piece with a low pass to Trossard in the right inside channel that is intercepted.

72′ March turns out of tight quarters and wins a free-kick inside the City half, drawing a foul from Silva.

70′ The visitors are still battling out there and remain in the game, despite City’s dominance in the seocnd half.

68′ March comes on to the field to replace Propper for the visitors.

68′ Maupay comes on to replace Tau in the final third.

67′ Jesus replaces Mahrez for the home side that will see a re-shuffle in the ranks.

65′ CHANCE! De Bruyne runs at the Brighton defence and goes for a low strike towards the bottom-left corner on his left boot, but Sanchez is there again for the visitors to palm it away.

64′ SAVE! Cancelo weaves his way in from the right flank and skips past Burn’s challenge. He strikes low and hard on his left foot, but Sanchez holds firm to deny the Portuguese.

62′ Veltman slides in hard and late on Foden and goes into the book.

61′ Bernardo travels down the left flank and gets to the byline. He places a perfect low ball across the face of goal, but Propper on the slide cannot reach it at the back stick.

60′ Mac Allister has space in the final third and he goes for the strike at goal from 25 yards. His effort travels just over the bar, although Ederson appeared to have it covered.

59′ SAVE AND OFF THE POST! Gundogan weaves his way into the Brighton box and curls a low strike towards goal. Sanchez produces a good stop to deny the German, but Silva pounces on the loose ball. He nutmegs one defender before bending a left-footed effort towards the net, only to see his attempt rattle the post. Gundogan tries again, but takes a loose touch and carries it out for a goal-kick.

58′ CHANCE! Cancelo releases Mahrez in the right inside channel and the Algerian tries to place his effort into the bottom-left corner, only to fire wide of the target.

56′ SAVE! City clear the corner from Tau as far as Propper on the edge of the box. He drills an effort at goal on the volley, but Ederson watches it all the way make the stop on the line.

55′ Mac Allister digs out a pass to Propper in the right inside channel. He delivers a dangerous cross into the middle that Cancelo has to steer behind.

54′ Foden has a run at Veltman and goes down under pressure from the Dutchman. The referee dismisses his appeal for a penalty.

53′ Gundogan tries to release the run of Foden in the box, but the England man takes a heavy touch and allows Webster to intervene.

51′ Foden has scored on consecutive PL starts for just the 2nd time, also doing so in July 2020 (three goals).

50′ Foden latches on to a cross into the box from Cancelo, but he cushions his header straight into the grasp of Sanchez.

47′ Brighton press down the left flank and Trossard works a cross into the middle. Stones fails to clear the danger offering Bernardo a second chance to threaten the City box, but his low delivery is gathered by Ederson.

46′ We’re back underway at the Etihad Stadium.

Brighton’s gameplan has been undone just when Graham Potter thought that his side had reached the break unscathed. They defended well, but the dam burst through a quality effort from Foden. The Seagulls now need to conjure a goal to get back into the contest.

Manchester City take a 1-0 lead into the break of their Premier League clash against Brighton and Hove Albion. Phil Foden’s strike on the stroke of the interval gave the Citizens a deserved lead in what had been a frustrating half to that point. Kevin De Bruyne was twice denied by Robert Sanchez, while Ilkay Gundogan fired wide of the post. Foden’s skill allowed him to find the bottom-left corner to ease the tension.


45′ There will be one minute of added time.

44′ De Bruyne finds Foden with a neat offload, and the England man finds the net with a good finish.

44′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! FODEN FINDS THE NET!!! 1-0 CITY!!! The pressure from the home side pays off as Foden places a strike past Sanchez. De Bruyne works an offload to the England man, who turns away from two Brighton defenders. Foden displays precision accuracy picking out the bottom-left corner with his right foot to put City ahead just before the interval.

43′ De Bruyne has had four attempts at goal so far, two on target, no other player has had more than one in the match.

42′ WIDE! De Bruyne fires a low ball into the middle from the resulting corner. Gundogan meets it and goes for a first-time strike that he blasts wide of the right post.

41′ SAVE! City break out from the back with speed through Foden. His offload is blocked into the path of De Bruyne in the right inside channel. He lines up a strike at goal that is repelled by a smart save from Sanchez.

40′ Trossard wastes the set-piece by curling the ball straight into the hands of Ederson.

40′ Brighton try to press City in possession and the visitors are able to gain control of the ball deep in the home side’s half. Bernardo wins a corner off the body of Rodri.

38′ Foden makes another probing run down the left flank, but on this occasion his deep cross evades every light blue shirt in the box.

37′ Foden angles a dangerous ball towards Gundogan’s run in the box. Dunk on the slide diverts it away from the German before White mops up the danger.

35′ De Bruyne sends a peach of a left-footed cross towards the back post. Mahrez is seemingly destined to reach it before Bernardo sticks out a boot to send it behind for a corner. Great defending from the visitors.

34′ There has been no way through the Seagulls’ defence for the home side. City need to up the ante in the final third to break down the resilient Brighton rearguard.

32′ It’s all hands on deck for Brighton at the back. De Bruyne lines up another blast from the edge of the box that is blocked by Webster. The Seagulls have been full-blooded in their defensive duties tonight.

30′ BLOCK! Silva flicks the ball to De Bruyne to strike, but the yellow shirts are off the line like lightning and Mac Allister is the one to divert it away from goal.

28′ Webster diverts the ball back to Sanchez with an outstretched boot from De Bruyne’s pass. The keeper picks it up and the referee has no choice but to award an indirect free-kick in the box.

27′ Tau makes a driving run at Zinchenko and gets the better of the defender. He cuts a low ball back into the middle that Dias has to divert away from Trossard.

26′ City work the ball with speed around the edge of the Brighton box. De Bruyne arcs a ball over the top for Mahrez in the right inside channel, but he scuffs his first-time effort into the side-netting.

24′ Veltman makes a vital clearance in the six-yard box after Gundogan knocks Mahrez’s dangerous cross into the middle.

23′ Trossard continues to be a thorn in the side of City, but Stones has the measure of the Brighton winger edging him off the ball in the box.

22′ Bernardo finds space down the left flank, but he sees his offload towards Trossard find the Belgian in an offside position.

20′ City win a corner that is deflected into the path of De Bruyne in the left inside channel. He sends a dangerous low ball across the face of goal that Sanchez does well to gather.

19′ WIDE! Mac Allister sends a delightful throughball into the path of Trossard. He cuts in from the left flank to fire at goal on his right foot, but he bends his effort just wide of the target.

16′ City are beginning to take control of the contest and are forcing the visitors back towards their own goal.

14′ SAVE! Gundogan opens up the Brighton defence with a neat offload towards De Bruyne in the left inside channel. The Belgian takes a touch to open up space for a strike on his right foot, only to be denied by a good block from Sanchez.

13′ White sends Trossard down the left flank and he clips a dangerous ball to the back post. It evades the yellow shirts attacking the delivery before Veltman eventually latches on to the ball, but he blasts his effort high and wide.

12′ Mahrez has a run at the Brighton defence, but his attempt to get the bettter of Mac Allister ends in disappointment as the forward wins possession for the visitors.

10′ Trossard gets a knock to the face from Cancelo and requires treatment before the game can continue.

9′ Tau has space on the break for the visitors, but he sends a wayward pass towards the edge of the box that Stones collects.

7′ BLOCK! Mahrez combines with Cancelo, who clips a cross to the back post. Foden collects and works an offload back to Zinchenko to strke, but he sees his effort blocked by a wall of yellow shirts.

5′ Brighton are knocking the ball around well in the middle of the park and have not been frightened to take the game to the home side.

3′ Foden tries to combine with Gundogan in the final third, but the German takes a heavy touch and sends the ball out for a goal-kick.

1′ We’re underway at the Etihad Stadium.

Brighton have never won an away league game against Man City in 10 previous attempts (D2 L8), losing their last six visits in a row between 1983 and 2019.

Brighton have made seven changes to their side that beat Newport in the FA Cup last time out. Sanchez replaces Steele in goal, while Burn starts in the back three next to Webster and Dunk. Propper, Veltman and Bernardo get starts in a four-man shield in front of the back three alongside White. Tau and Trossard join Mac Allister in the final third, with the South African forward making his first start. Yves Bissouma misses out due to suspension.

City have made four changes to their side from their 3-0 win over Birmingham City at the weekend. Ederson retakes his place between the posts after recovering from Covid-19. Stones slots into the back four in place of Walker, while Zinchenko starts ahead of Mendy at left-back. De Bruyne pushes forward to start in attack alongside Foden and Mahrez. Jesus drops to the bench as Gundogan gets the call to play in midfield. Sergio Aguero is still absent after being forced to quarantine.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION SUBS: Neal Maupay, Pascal Gross, Solly March, Andi Zeqiri, Christian Walton, Max Sanders, Teddy Jenks, Jensen Weir, Reda Khadra.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION (3-4-3): Robert Sanchez; Aaron Webster, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Joel Veltman, Ben White, Davy Propper, Bernardo; Percy Tau, Leandro Trossard, Alexis Mac Allister.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Zack Steffen, Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Luke Mbete.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden.

Brighton required penalties to beat Newport County in the FA Cup last time out. Jason Steele was the man on the spot for the Seagulls, saving four penalties to send Graham Potter’s men through to the fourth round. Their form in the Premier League has been desperate of late, failing to win their last eight matches. They did salvage a draw after trailing Wolves 3-1 last time out, but Brighton are in need of a victory to distance themselves from the relegation zone.

Manchester City are firing on all cylinders after reeling off six wins on the bounce in all competitions. Pep Guardiola’s men overcame Manchester United and Birmingham in the EFL Cup and FA Cup respectively to continue their strong run. The Citizens now turn their attention back to the Premier League where they can put the pressure back on their city rivals at the top by adding another win to their collection against Brighton this evening.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium.

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