Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City rejected Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League launching.
Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took some time to obtain into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Arena, however the minute they did it was callous as striker Aguero transformed 20 minutes from time.
Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net quickly later on, as City dominated after formerly being annoyed.
There was some detailed accumulation play and Gabriel Jesus two times discovered the Brighton internet just for the strikes to be dismissed, as soon as for handball and as soon as for offside.
The Brazilian likewise had a point-blank header conserved by Ryan prior to City’s late burst.
Twenty years after dealing with termination and following a 34- year lack from the leading flight, Brighton are a Premier League club.
The Seagulls had more current history with City, knocking them from the League Cup on charges at the Withdean Arena.
That remained in September 2008, in the early days of City’s Abu Dhabi ownership, which bank-rolled the finalizing of 5 gamers for ₤200million this summertime.
Guardiola, who hopes the luxurious expense will be a one off, fielded 3 of his brand-new kids from the start.
Full-backs Kyle Walker and Danilo played as wing-backs, and Ederson was a virtual viewer in objective for much of the contest.
Brighton, on the other hand, began ₤10million Dutch midfielder Davy Propper– their club record finalizing up until the offer to catch Colombian Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge is finished.
City, as anticipated, controlled ownership and hemmed Brighton into their own half, yet it took up until the 17 th minute for the visitors’ descent on on objective, when Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick was struck directly at Ryan, Albion’s brand-new goalkeeper.
City had the ball in Brighton’s internet after 27 minutes, however it was prohibited. Jesus bundled in following David Silva’s lofted pass, however replays revealed the ball entered off his right-hand man. The young forward was reserved as he got treatment following a clash with Ryan.
Jesus ought to have scored with a header when Aguero clipped the ball over from the right, just for Ryan to make a great conserve as he was diving the incorrect method. Bruno did enough to avoid Jesus poking in the rebound.
Brighton made uncommon ventures into City’s half and had one likelihood as the period approached.
However Jamie Murphy– on for Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, who hobbled off after 23 minutes– might not reduce a diagonal pass.
Jesus had the ball in Albion’s net 6 minutes into the 2nd half, however once again there was a violation.
Fernandinho’s pass was centred by David Silva, who had actually run by an offside Aguero, and Jesus netted, however the strike was dismissed.
Next Aguero aimed to bulldoze his method through 3 Brighton protectors and Shane Duffy hardly kicked a desired back-pass.
Aguero hurried his shot, raising the ball off target.
Brighton noticed a chance. Murphy led a counter-attack and, from a corner, Duffy’s shot deflected large.
Ederson flapped at another corner and Propper blasted a 25- backyard effort large. That series of set-pieces was as great as it got for Chris Hughton’s side.
City appealed for a charge when a De Bruyne shot struck the hand of Dunk, whose arm was fixed by his side. Referee Michael Oliver was unmoved.
And the visitors struck when De Bruyne took the ball from Dale Stephens.
The Belgian playmaker discovered David Silva, who in turn fed Aguero. And the striker did the rest, ending up throughout objective in hallmark style.
City, who sent out on Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva as second-half alternatives, continued to use pressure and worked the ball for Fernandinho to cross to Jesus.
However it was Dunk who headed into his own internet to seal the 2-0 win for Manchester City, the group extensively anticipated to end up top of the table next May.