Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City


Sergio Aguero has now scored against 30 of his 31 Premier League opponentsPremier League title favourites Manchester City had to wait to break down promoted Brighton before two late goals gave them victory on the south coast.
The Seagulls, back in the top flight after a 34-year absence, had showed impressive organisation and resolve to keep City at bay until David Silva played in Sergio Aguero to fire home after 70 minutes.
Lewis Dunk headed Fernandinho’s cross into his own net five minutes to make sure of the points for Pep Guardiola’s new-look side.
Kyle Walker joined Manchester City from Tottenham in a £45m deal, plus add-onsNew personnel meant a change to a 3-1-4-2 formation for Guardiola, something he tried during his side’s recent tour of the United States.
All too often, though, their runs were ignored and City played the ball inside, where space was limited, before attacks broke down.
Chris Hughton’s cautious approach came within 20 minutes of earning a point against a team with much greater talent and resources but could not quite get the job done – in the end it was City who did that.
Manchester City’s striker fluffed his lines badly with the score at 0-0, shanking a shot wide after Duffy’s under-hit back-pass played him in, but he made no mistake with his next clear sight of goal to break the deadlock.
Aguero scored 33 times last season in what was a difficult campaign for him, and is off the mark quickly this time.
Brighton are away at Leicester next Saturday (15:00 BST) then go to Watford the following weekend.
Their next home league game is not until 9 September, when West Brom are the visitors.
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