A rampant Manchester Metropolis had been an excessive amount of for Brighton regardless of a rejuvenated second half which featured an Ederson penalty gaffe.
Metropolis raced right into a 3-0 lead earlier than the break and had been completely in command of the match. Nevertheless, the hosts got here out positively after the restart and located hope once they transformed from the spot. However a late fourth objective ensured Metropolis took all three factors again north.
Graham Potter switched from a again 5 to a flat again 4 for the match. That noticed Solly March come into the staff for Shane Duffy.
Metropolis made two adjustments from their midweek Champions League victory. Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez made manner for Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.
Jack Grealish made waves down the left within the early going and reduce for Joao Cancelo. The complete-back shot at objective and Robert Sanchez pushed it out for a nook, which he then claimed.
A miraculous objective line clearance prevented Metropolis from taking the lead as Lewis Dunk carried out acrobatics on the road to cease Jesus’ saved shot from moving into.
However the Brighton defending was removed from miraculous mere minutes later. Sanchez went up for a looping ball with Jesus and dropped it on impression. Bernardo Silva flicked over his head to Gundogan who tapped into an empty web.
Sanchez did higher when he saved from Grealish in a one-on-one after which made one other vital save to disclaim Jesus.
The hosts forayed ahead as they appeared to reply however had been caught on the break. Silva scampered away and fed Grealish, who took a contact earlier than squaring for Foden to complete for 2-0.
It was three quickly after, too. Grealish’s shot rebounded to Jesus and the striker’s effort deflected off Foden and in. Sanchez bought a hand to it nevertheless it was not sufficient.
Marc Cucurella supplied the Seagulls with some attacking risk, although a pair of crosses had been each handled by the Metropolis backline.
As half-time approached Brighton practically had a manner again into the sport. Ederson did not cease March’s shot convincingly and solely simply claimed it earlier than it went in.
Brighton vibrant after the break
As soon as the sport bought again underway the house facet improved and began to ask some questions of the Premier League champions.
They racked up the corners however Ederson stood agency within the Metropolis web.
Substitute Tariq Lamptey produced some beautiful motion to jink previous Grealish earlier than making his manner down the correct wing. His cross compelled a nook however nothing got here of it.
Brighton had been provided a lifeline with 10 minutes to go when Ederson needlessly took down the recent legs of Enock Mwepu.
One other substitute, Alexis Mac Allister, stepped up and though Ederson went the correct manner, the ball discovered the again of the web.
The house facet pushed however Mahrez, who had changed Jesus, added one other in stoppage time to make it 4-1 when the ultimate whistle blew.
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