Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut as Sergio Aguero was on target.
Pep Guardiola’s side took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium. But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.
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Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.
There was some intricate build-up play and Gabriel Jesus twice found the Brighton net only for the strikes to be ruled out, once for handball and once for offside.
The Brazilian also had a point-blank header saved by Ryan before City’s late burst.
City, as expected, bossed possession and pushed Brighton into their own half. Yet it took until the 17th minute for the visitors’ first strike on goal, when Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick was hit straight at Ryan, Albion’s new goalkeeper.
City had the ball in Brighton’s net after 27 minutes, but it was disallowed. Gabriel Jesus bundled in following David Silva’s lofted pass, but replays showed the ball went in off his right hand. The Brazilian was booked as he received treatment following a clash with Ryan.
The visitors struck when De Bruyne stole the ball from Dale Stephens. The Belgian playmaker found David Silva, who in turn fed Aguero. And the striker did the rest, finishing across goal in trademark fashion.
City, who sent on Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva as second-half substitutes, continued to apply pressure and worked the ball for Fernandinho to cross towards Gabriel Jesus. But it was Dunk who headed in.