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A magnificent goal from Phil Foden proved decisive as Man City achieved four consecutive league victories after defeating Brighton at the Etihad.
City man Unsurprisingly, he took immediate control of possession in the early stages.
Tempo was initially lacking in his game, but the pace soon picked up as the 15-minute mark approached.
A fluid movement saw Ilkay Gundogan put Kevin De Bruyne on goal, but Brighton Goalkeeper Robert Sánchez was great to repel the low effort of the Belgian.
The increased risk in their attacking game soon opened the door for the Seagulls to fight back.
Lenadro Trossard was released and, despite the attentions of the two City centers, he narrowly missed Ederson’s second post.
Then City was offered a unique opportunity to score with an indirect free kick just 10 meters from goal.
Adam Webster’s back pass was picked up by Sanchez, but Alexis Mac Allister reacted sharply to block De Bruyne’s effort on the resulting set piece.
A rare foray into Man City has brought a corner for Brighton. The delivery of Trossard made Ederson’s job easier, whose swift delivery put a counter in motion.
De Bruyne and Foden broke the rhythm, and De Bruyne finally forced a save from a shot that proved too central.
At the edge of the break, the deadlock was finally broken in a truly impressive way.
De Bruyne and Foden combined once more to ward off the youngster before shooting low and accurately with his weaker foot towards the bottom corner.
A wonderfully worked goal from Phil Foden! 👏
The perfect first touch to create the space, and choose your place within the nearby pole 🎯
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 13, 2021
Man City continued to dominate after the break, somehow failing to double his lead during a crazy 60-second spell.
Mahrez rounded a very narrow low drive before Gundogan saw his effort magnificently saved. The rebound fell into the hands of Bernardo Silva, and after taking a bunt to control a high ball, he fired a shot against the wood, much to Brighton’s relief.
More chances from Joao Cancelo and the vibrant De Bruyne came and went. It seemed only a matter of time before a second goal came.
As full time approached, Brighton improved their game as they went in search of what would be a turning point.
However, the extravagance arising from dead ball situations, securing their best chances to equalize was frequently reduced to nothing.
City would finally clinch a 1-0 victory after Raheem Sterling threw an injury time penalty over the bar.
The victory pushes them back into the top four and into the center of what promises to be a highly contested title race.