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Man City vs Brighton – 3-1 Win Performers and Spoilers

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Erling Haaland helped Manchester City defeat Brighton by scoring the winning goal to snap a one-game goal drought. He now has 22 goals in just 15 games. There was no hangover for Manchester City following their loss at Liverpool last week thanks to a double from Erling Haaland. The Norwegian added to his 22 goals from 15 games, including 17 in the Premier League, as he assisted City in a 3-1 win over Brighton.

Leandro Trossard pulled a goal back for the Seagulls in the second half, but Kevin De Bruyne scored a stunning goal to end the game. With that goal, City became the first team in the top flight since 1928 to score three or more goals in ten straight home games, increasing the pressure on league-leading Arsenal.

The Performing Side:

Erling Haaland: At City, the Norwegian’s goal droughts only last one game. Last week, Haaland was ineffective against Liverpool, but once more, he responded quickly for the Premier League champions. The opening goal was essential in a close game against a well-organized Brighton team, and he took it beautifully with his power and pace, sweeping the Seagulls aside. His second was a penalty, and if it weren’t for the quirks and enigmas of the VAR, he might have even received another spot-kick.

Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian usually assists in the elimination of opponents, but this time he did it all by himself. De Bruyne slalomed through the Brighton defense with a two-goal lead, utilizing his strength to fend off many intense challenges to set up Riyad Mahrez. However, the visitors had a chance to make an unexpected comeback when the Algerian shot was well-saved. With a lavish 30-yard strike that teased Robert Sanchez the entire way as it sailed over his head and into the top corner, De Bruyne put an end to the Seagulls’ hopes.

Bernardo Silva: One of the key events of City’s summer, aside from the acquisition of Haaland, was Bernardo’s choice to stay at the Etihad Stadium. Last Saturday at Anfield, the Portuguese midfielder was a complete annoyance, and Jurgen Klopp’s protestations caused him so much annoyance that the German was sent out. Bernardo’s spirit is unbreakable for a player looking for a transfer, and his fervor was essential to City digging deep when Brighton threatened a comeback. However, that was only a portion of his performance. His quality also allowed the visitors to score, and he also won the penalty with a strong run.

The Losing Side:

Riyad Mahrez: At the beginning of the second half, a 60-second stretch radically altered the course of the game. First, Mahrez had a chance after Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning driving run, but Robert Sanchez blocked his drilled attempt from 10 yards out. Leandro Trossard scored a goal for Brighton right away at the other end of the field to create a tense situation. A decisive goal would have ended the match, and Mahrez appeared to realize this when he was given a yellow card two minutes later and then substituted by Phil Foden.

Liverpool: Six days on Klopp’s side have undone all their good work after the passion and acrimony of last week’s victory over City at Anfield. Guardiola declared he had more faith in the Reds than Klopp before the game. The German may have been right all along, though, as a title victory currently appears to be well beyond their grasp following their setback at Nottingham Forest. City’s first Premier League loss of the year might have put them off their game, but Guardiola has gotten a response from his players a lot in his seven years as coach. They succeeded in doing so once more with a strong performance, while Liverpool’s inconsistency is making their challenge challenging.

VAR: Two penalty decisions were reviewed by the VAR, and once again no one could predict how they would turn out. Robert Sanchez, the Brighton goalkeeper, was standing on the back of his foot as Haaland slipped by him, but Craig Pawson waved away complaints and did not instruct him to look at the monitor. It appeared to be a lot more compelling call than the subsequent VAR-awarded penalty kick when Bernardo Silva was struck by Lewis Dunk’s errant leg. Again, it seems random how the choices will be made, and the lack of consistency frustrates both players and spectators, who are tied together by a four-letter cry criticizing the technology.

The Defensive Side:

Ederson: A fantastic assist for Haaland’s opening goal, but he could have done more to stop Trossard’s shot.

Manuel Akanji: Akanji, gave the ball away with shoddy defending in the lead-up to Brighton’s equalizer and was then the target of another dangerous onslaught.

Ruben Dias: Strong on defense, preventing too many significant shots on goal for the guests.

Aymeric Laporte: The Spain international, who appears fully recovered from his knee surgery in the summer, always makes the left side of the defense look secure.

Joao Cancelo: Put last week’s mistake behind him as soon as possible by resuming the explosive offensive wing play that makes defenses more concerned about his threat.

Guardiola, It felt like a chess match at times as he and Roberto De Zerbi moved their players around the pitch but ultimately Guardiola worked out how his team could find the spaces to create opportunities.

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Salman Shaikh
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