Phil Foden’s pinpoint strike moments earlier than half-time gave Manchester Metropolis a 1-0 win over Brighton to maneuver the hosts as much as third within the Premier League.
Foden slotted inside Robert Sanchez’s close to publish from Kevin De Bruyne’s move with a minute remaining of a gap interval wherein the hosts had been largely held off by their lowly guests.
Riyad Mahrez ought to have doubled the benefit after half-time however fired broad, earlier than Bernardo Silva struck the publish inside minutes as Metropolis briefly threatened to run away with victory.
Brighton continued to rally however noticed their hopes of a late draw seem to take a blow when De Bruyne was introduced down by Sanchez within the space in harm time. Substitute Raheem Sterling stepped up from 12 yards however blazed his penalty nicely over the bar.
Foden magic proves the distinction for Metropolis
Lower than 24 hours after their nearest neighbours had gone three factors clear on the high of the Premier League desk, Metropolis got an ideal likelihood to not less than lower the deficit to the highest in opposition to a Brighton facet with one league win since September.
However the guests’ league place has typically belied them, as proved the case within the first half on the Etihad, the place solely two De Bruyne efforts, each pulling good saves out of Sanchez, seemed like giving the hosts the lead. Leandro Trossard fired broad after a superb run as Brighton often threatened on the break.
It was in line with the opening interval that Metropolis’s objective, moments earlier than the break, got here considerably out of nothing, with De Bruyne discovering Foden to show away from two defenders on the sting of the field earlier than slotting a pinpoint low effort past a despairing Sanchez at his close to publish.
Metropolis continued their possessional dominance after half-time however Brighton nonetheless had motive to consider they may snatch one thing from the sport given their very own expansive type, and 10 minutes in Davy Propper lastly pulled a save out of the returning Ederson from a half-cleared nook.
Brighton quickly discovered themselves hanging on by way of a flurry of Metropolis assaults, with Mahrez discovered unmarked by a clipped free-kick earlier than firing broad, and Silva firing in opposition to the publish on the rebound from an Ilkay Gundogan effort.
The Seagulls continued to press however wasted their top benefit from quite a lot of late corners. Sterling was then handed the prospect to double the lead within the closing minute after Sanchez hauled down De Bruyne – however he blasted nicely over.
Manchester Metropolis have one other residence recreation up subsequent with Crystal Palace visiting the Etihad Stadium on Tremendous Sunday, stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 7pm: Kick-off at 7.15pm.
Brighton journey to Leeds on Saturday, additionally stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 2.30pm; Kick-off at 3pm.