Who Was Man Of The Match? Brighton 1-4 Manchester City
Match attendance: 31,215
Who was Man Of The Match? Phil Foden
Manchester City climbed to second place in the Premier League following a 4-1 victory over Brighton, thanks to a flurry of goals in the first half.
Pep Guardiola’s side had the lead after 13 minutes but were denied by Lewis Dunk, who had extended himself to the goal-line to clear a deflected Gabriel Jesus attempt only moments before. His efforts were undone seconds later. Ilkay Gundogan tapped the ball into the Brighton goal from a few yards out after goalkeeper Robert Sanchez made an error in the box.
Five minutes later, the visitors increased their lead when Jack Grealish found Phil Foden in the box. Although replays proved that Burns had reached the ball first, the goal was credited to Foden.
City’s intensity and slick passing in midfield were too much for Brighton. Foden made it 3-0 only three minutes later when he deflected Gabriel Jesus’ shot past Sanchez without looking.
Phil Foden is our Man of the Match. His performance spearheading the line for City was yet another reminder of his devastating potential. One should not overlook that he is still a 21-year-old player.
In the first half, his mobility up against Dunk and Burn created the stage for his teammates to dribble the ball around the final third at will.
Graham Potter’s side improved dramatically after the break, pulling a goal back from the penalty spot after 80 minutes when Alexis Mac Allister beat Ederson.
Riyad Mahrez added a late fourth to put the game out of reach for the hosts, and City took the three points to move above Liverpool and behind leaders Chelsea who thumped Norwich earlier in the day.
Lets check out Phil Foden’s MOTM worthy stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 94.1
Goal contribution: 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Shots (on target): 8(4)
Key Passes: 2