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Manchester City recorded their seventh win on the rebound with a 1-0 win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
Phil Foden’s goal at halftime proved decisive, as the City youth passed Adam Webster with a fabulous first touch and swung the ball into the corner of the net.
Raheem Sterling threw a kick in injury time after Kevin De Bruyne was brought down by Robert Sanchez, the only mistake the Seagulls goalkeeper made in the entire game, having frustrated City with a series of good saves.
Let’s get into some player rankings.
Ederson (POR) – 6/10 – He kept up Propper’s effort from range, but otherwise barely had to save.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 5/10 – He struggled a bit against the spirited Tau, who outplayed him a couple of times.
Ruben Dias – 7/10 – Quiet, safe and serene. He cleverly cleaned his back and barely gave up the ball.
John Stones – 7/10 – Another quietly assured performance from the Stones, who was just barely wrong.
Joao Cancelo – 10/7 – He took out Mahrez with a fantastic pass behind which the City forward should have scored, and could have gotten on the scoreboard himself, but Sánchez denied him.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 6/10 – Kept out of short range by a strong hand from Sanchez in the second half.
Rodri (CM) – 6/10 – Typically orderly on the ball as City largely dominated possession.
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 7/10 – He took out Mahrez with a sumptuous ball from behind in the first half, and was denied three times by three good saves by Sánchez. Knocked down by Sánchez in injury time to win the City penalty.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 6/10 – He shot a very good one-on-one opportunity narrowly in the second half having timed his career back to perfection.
Bernardo Silva (ST) – 7/10 – Operating in the role of false nine, he rang the crossbar in the second half after a clever improv piece in the Brighton area to work room for the shot.
Phil Foden (LW) – 8/10 – He gave City the lead at the edge of the break with a tremendous touch to create the opening and low shot in the lower right corner.
Gabriel Jesus – 6/10
Raheem Sterling – 5/10 – He threw a punctual kick in injury time.
Robert Sánchez (GK) – 7/10 – He made a selection of good saves to keep De Bruyne, Cancelo and Gundogan out and keep Brighton in contention. He awarded a death sentence for taking down De Bruyne.
Adam Webster (CB) – 6/10 – He did well to block a De Bruyne goal in the first half. It was sold for Foden’s first touch in preparation for City’s opener, giving the England international plenty of space in the box for him to shoot home.
Lewis Dunk (CB) – 6/10 – Having been solid throughout the game, he was at fault for giving City a penalty to death with a weak header back to Sánchez.
Dan Burn (CB) – 6/10 – He typified Brighton’s performance with a robust and robust defensive change.
Joel Veltman (RWB) – 5/10 – He lost Foden in preparation for City’s opener, and the England international got the wrong side of him with a sharp change of pace.
Ben White (CM) – 6/10 – Operating in a slightly less familiar central midfield role, his usual composure and his game effectively divided.
Davy Propper (CM) – 5/10 – He hit a sweet shot from the edge of the box in the second half, but it went straight to Ederson.
Bernardo (LWB) – 6/10 – He made a vital interception to cut off a cross from De Bruyne in the first half and avoid a touch from Mahrez.
Percy Tau (FW) – 6/10 – He showed a great change of pace to get away from Zinchenko in the first half and looked fully animated when in possession.
Leandro Trossard (ST) – 5/10 – He had Brighton’s best chance of the first half but deflected his effort from inside the area.
Alexis Mac Allister (FW) – 6/10 – He sent Trossard with a fabulous first-half volley pass and was often the central creative force for any promising opening carved by Brighton.
March of Solly – 6/10
Neal Maupay – 5/10
Reda Jousef Khadra – N / A