Brighton Hold Man City To Secure Europa League Stand
There was only one Premier League showdown to get you over the midweek malaise, as champions Manchester City were held by a rampant Brighton side. Here is what went down at the Amex.
City perhaps should have been ahead almost immediately when Phil Foden set up Erling Haaland, but the Premier League’s leading scorer somehow fluffed his lines from close range.
It was a frantic affair in the opening 15 minutes, with both teams pressing each other high up the pitch. Brighton appeared to be getting the better of the title-holders, but were unable to carve out a clear-cut scoring chance.
The Seagulls came closest to drawing the blood in the midst of the chaos, as Danny Welbeck’s free-kick rang the crossbar.
City struck first however, as Phil Foden tapped home from close range after being picked out on the break by Erling Haaland.
The hosts equalised in the final 10 minutes of the half, and in style. After picking up the ball in space, Julio Enciso leathered a long range effort into the top-corner to reclaim parity.
City regained their usual control in the second half, pinning Brighton into their own half. But a flurry of substitutions from Pep Guardiola opened the affair back up again as the clock passed the hour mark.
The visitors looked to have found their winner in the final 15 minutes through Erling Haaland, but the big striker was judged to have fouled a Brighton player in buildup, seeing the goal chalked off to spare the home sides’ blushes.
Despite both sides creating a plethora of chances, there would be no more dents to the scoresheet, as both teams happily collected a point with their season objectives already completed.