Sergio Aguero strikes as Manchester City spoil Brighton’s Premier League debut

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time before Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan’s grasp and into his own net.

Tweet of the match

Ex-City midfielder @Joey7Barton applauds Silva’s assist for Aguero’s goal.

Man of the match

Aguero. Once again the Argentina striker showed his pedigree and that, for all of City’s expenditure, he remains invaluable. He has now scored five goals in six opening day matches for City.

Moment of the match

Aguero’s goal. It was all going so well for Brighton until one slack moment. Kevin De Bruyne nipped in to take the ball from Dale Stephens, found David Silva, who in turn fed Aguero to finish.

Sartorial standards

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola watches his side beat Brighton 2-0 at the AMEX Stadium
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola watches his side beat Brighton 2-0 at the AMEX Stadium (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Chris Hughton was sporting a goatee beard and conservative grey suit as the fashion conscious debated Pep Guardiola’s outfit. City’s Catalan coach wore a black sweatshirt over a white polo shirt with black socks visible between his beige chinos and white trainers.

Ratings

Brighton: Mathew Ryan: 5/10, Bruno: 6, Lewis Dunk: 5, Dale Stephens: 5, Tomer Hemed: 5, Pascal Gross: 5, Solly March: 7, Shane Duffy: 6, Davy Propper: 7, Markus Suttner: 5, Izzy Brown: 5. Substitutes: Jamie Murphy (for Brown, 23): 6, Glenn Murray (for Hemed, 60): 6, Anthony Knockaert (for March, 75): 6.Manchester City: Ederson: 7, Kyle Walker: 7, Danilo: 7, Vicent Kompany: 6, John Stones: 6, Nicolas Otamendi: 7, Fernandinho: 7, Kevin de Bruyne: 7, Sergio Aguero: 8, Gabriel Jesus: 7, David Silva: 7. Substitutes: Leroy Sane (for Danilo, 68): 6, Raheem Sterling (for Jesus, 77): 6, Bernardo Silva (for Aguero, 82): 6.

Who’s up next?

The points were shared in the corresponding fixtures last season
The points were shared in the corresponding fixtures last season (Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

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