Manchester City took on Brighton at the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday night. We have the player ratings.
The Citizens went out onto the pitch tonight trying to reach the Premier League’s third place. A victory against Brighton would leave City four points away from leadership with one game still left to play. In fact, that’s exactly what happened.
Manchester City dominated the entire match with over 60% ball possession and several goal attempts. However, the Seagulls held their own quite well and displayed a good defensive performance overall.
Nevertheless, Graham Potter’s side couldn’t stop the ball from hitting the net. In a classic Guardiola style play, Kevin de Bruyne delivered a piercing pass to Phil Foden who ran across the penalty box line and scored a simple but effective goal. In fact, the shot wasn’t very powerful but a mix between good placement and poor goalkeeper positioning allowed it to go in.
Phil Foden scored for the second time this year, further validating his current good form. Moreover, the midfielder reached two important milestones against Brighton. Firstly, the Englishman became the youngest midfielder to reach 10 EPL goals since Dele Alli almost five years ago. Secondly, Foden is now Manchester City’s top scorer in all competitions with eight goals.
The second half was more of the same. Brighton had a few chances but rarely caused any trouble for Ederson. Sanchez, on the other hand, had his work cut out. The goalkeeper displayed some great defenses, but in City’s most dangerous chance, Sanchez had the help of the crossbar to stop Bernando Silva’s efforts.
Despite this, the Spanish goalkeeper didn’t end the game on a high note. Thanks to Dunk’s poor pass, Sanchez was forced to take Kevin De Bruyne down in the penalty box. However, luckily for the goalie, Sterling terribly missed the chance to score his fifth Premier League goal this season.
Manchester City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (7), Stones (7), Dias (7), Zinchenko (6), Gundogan (7), Rodri (7), Silva (7), Mahrez (6), De Bruyne (8), Foden (8).
Bench: Jesus (5), Sterling (4).
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Webster (5), Dunk (5), Burn (6), Veltman (5), Bernardo (7), White (6), Propper (7), Tau (6), Mac Allister (6), Trossard (5).
Bench: Maupay (5), March (5), Khadra (4).
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