Foden enhances reputation with Manchester City winner over Brighton

Manchester Citys Oleksandr Zinchenko and Brighton and Hove Albions Percy Tau battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium Manchester

The South Africa worldwide finally made his Premier League debut, lasting 68 minutes against City, following two and a half seasons after signing for Brighton before being sent to Belgian clubs for loan stints.

Pep Guardiola's side have games in hand, of course.

Pep Guardiola's team are now up to third place on the log on 32 points, a point behind champions Liverpool and four points behind leader Manchester United.

Phil Foden grabbed the only goal just before half-time when he collected Kevin de Bruyne's pass, created space and fired into the bottom corner.

Brighton attacker Percy Tau gave Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko a taste of diski football when he left the left-back sprawling on the floor with some neat skill.

He stated that with the Seagulls on the back foot while under pressure from City, Tau was limited from exhibiting his best football.

Foden is now City's leading scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions and when he was finally replaced late on by Sterling he walked off having made another emphatic statement to Guardiola and England manager Gareth Southgate. Foden received the ball from De Bruyne on the left of the attack. By setting up Foden he has now assisted 14 goals in all competitions this season, a tally no Premier League player can better.

The goal meant Brighton had to change their game plan for the second half.

But City lacked the control they had in the first half and never looked entirely comfortable with such a narrow lead.

Moments later City again went close again. Gundogan forced a good save from Sanchez and the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who turned and thumped a shot against the woodwork.

A lovely exchange between Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan led to the first major opening in the 14th minute, but the Belgium global was kept out by Robert Sanchez inside the six-yard box.

Brighton engineered some promising situations but failed to properly test Ederson - they had just one shot on target in the whole match.

The second half remained goalless and ended goalless with Raheem Sterling missing a spot-kick in the additional time when Manchester City was presented the chance to double their lead from the spot.

Guardiola's team have largely brushed off the absences of a number of players as a result of various coronavirus issues.

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