Brighton & Hove Albion beat Premier League champions in the stripes

Posted On 18 May 2021 at 9:09 pm

Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Manchester City 2

Albion have beaten the Premier League Champions Manchester City at the Amex in their traditional blue and white striped shirts.

The Seagulls were behind after just two minutes as Ilkay Gundogan swept the ball home after Pascal Gross lost his man at the far post.

Just about eight minutes later, the turning point for the Seagulls came as Joao Cancelo denied Danny Welbeck a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Cancelo received a red card but the Seagulls were unable to capitalise from the free kick.

The Seagulls were buoyed by around 7,500 fans for the first time this calendar year – Welbeck then suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury and was replaced by Leandro Trossard.

However, with no recognised striker on the pitch and Graham Potter seeming reluctant to use Aaron Connolly, Albion found opportunities to equalise few and far between.

Although Albion were effectively seeing far more of the ball than City, clear goal-scoring opportunities were at a premium and generally not utilised.

Phil Foden’s wonderfully tenacious early second half strike to double City’s lead immediately after half time was a moment to savour.

Albion came back remarkably with  goals from Trossard, a header from Adam Webster and and an effort from Dan Burn to complete a turnaround and a first league victory over City since 1989 and the first of the Premier League era.

The Seagulls travel to Arsenal for their final game hoping to upset the Gunners’ European aspirations as they did in 2019.

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