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Man City 1-0 Brighton LIVE highlights and reaction as Phil Foden wins it for Blues

Manchester City face Brighton in Premier League action at the Etihad tonight looking to keep in touch with the leaders.

Manchester City returned to the Premier League tonight with a nervy win over Graham Potter's Brighton side.

City are looking to keep in touch with the top of the Premier League table after Manchester United moved three points clear last night. The Blues have two games in hand over United and Liverpool, and their next six fixtures are favourable compared to the top two, who face each other on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola, however, will be without five players for the clash against the Seagulls, with Sergio Aguero still isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. Cole Palmer and Eric Garcia are still isolating after their own positive tests, while Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are still injured.

Guardiola continued with a false nine again, with Bernardo Silva central and Phil Foden on the left. In a nervy game, City won the three points thanks to Phil Foden's well-taken goal on the stroke of half time.

Follow below for build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from the Etihad tonight.

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Full time!

A late Brighton free kick comes to nothing and the referee blows full time!


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Over the bar

Awful penalty. Sterling chips over the bar.

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Penalty for City

Kevin De Bruyne gets to a ball ahead of the goalkeeper and is brought down,

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Three minutes added on

City are close to a win, but Brighton aren't done yet.

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Wasted opportunities for Brighton

Brighton have had two corners in the last couple of minutes. The first didn't beat the first man, and Ederson had an easy catch for the second. Wasted chances for the visitors and City won't complain one bit.

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De Bruyne not happy with challenge

Kevin De Bruyne is pushed over by Veltman in possession and has some words for the booked Brighton man but the referee tells them both to move away.

Khadra is on for his Brighton debut. Trossard off.

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Jesus in the middle now

Gabriel Jesus has moved into the middle, so Steve McManaman has calmed down. Sterling on the left.

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Sterling comes on

Phil Foden is replaced by Raheem Sterling.

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Guardiola isn't happy

City need to get a handle on this game. This is where they need leaders to see it out and play at their pace. Guardiola just screamed at Jesus after he gave the ball away in his own half.

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Brighton causing some problems

Brighton sense they can nick a goal here, and are pressing forward as we approach 80 minutes. Ederson has been caught out a couple of times, and the visitors are growing in confidence.

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Webster booked

Webster gets a booking for Brighton, bringing down Bernardo.

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Jesus on the left

Steve McManaman, on BT Sport commentary, is incredulous that Gabriel Jesus has gone out to the left wing with Bernardo Silva staying central.

If he'd seen the game at the weekend, he'd know Jesus operated from the wing, and as he continues to recover from isolation, it's a better option to have him in the wide position.

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First City change

Gabriel Jesus is on for Riyad Mahrez, who doesn't seem happy with it as he speaks to Pep Guardiola before sitting down.

Brighton replace striker Percy Tau and Davy Propper. Neal Maupay and Solly March are on.

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Cancelo denied

Cancelo tiptoes into the area past a few helpless defenders and his shot is beaten away. Moments later, Kevin De Bruyne sees a shot saved too. Better from City.

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City should be out of sight

The good news is City are creating chances, the bad news is they really need to take them. This game is opening up so more opportunities should come but Guardiola will know they should be out of sight by now.

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Veltman booked

Joel Veltman catches Phil Foden late and earns a booking.

Gabriel Jesus is being readied.

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A look at that Foden skill

Gareth, you know what to do.

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Mahrez should make it two

Riyad Mahrez is through on goal, shapes up the body and aims for the far corner but shoots wide, wastefully.

Then, Ilkay Gundogan forces a save and Bernardo sees a rebound come back off the post after doing well to keep possession.

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Southgate watching

Phil Foden is putting on a show for the England manager.

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Propper effort

Davy Propper fires a volley towards goal from the edge of the area. Ederson is grateful it's straight at him and he collects.

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Three players warming up

Jesus, Torres, and Sterling all warming up at the start of this season half as City hunt a second goal. Brighton showed enough in the first half for Guardiola to be concerned about this scoreline.

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Back underway

We're back underway!

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Watch Phil Foden's lovely opener

He's becoming an expert at those low, sharp finishes right in the bottom corner.

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Landmark goal for Foden


Picture highlights from Etihad Stadium

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Top scorer Phil

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Half time ratings

Ederson 7

Cancelo 6

Stones 8

Dias 8

Zinchenko 5

Rodri 7

Gundogan 7

De Bruyne 7

Mahrez 6

Foden 8

Bernardo 7

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Half time

City looked like being held for the first 45 minutes but Phil Foden stepped up with a trademark low finish from the edge of the area to put the Blues ahead.

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One minute added

City will see this half out after taking the lead.

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Foden scores!

Oh that is lovely.

Kevin De Bruyne feeds Phil Foden, who turns on the edge of the area, advances along the 18-yard-line and fires a lovely low finish inside the near post.

City get a deserved lead.

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