Tuesday night saw Manchester City lose their final Premier League away match of this season to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Though City initially led 0-2, Brighton made a surprising comeback with three goals in the second half.
This just goes to show how unpredictable this EPL season has been. City recently lost a domestic bout to Chelsea, their co-finalists in Champions League.
But Chelsea’s win was nothing to go by- they lost to Arsenal, in tenth place, right after this match.
Manchester City Lose Their Final Premier League Away Match
With this 3-2 loss, City lost their final away game of the season for the first time since 2008-09.
What’s more, in an unexpected consolation to City’s loss, Pep Guardiola became the fourth Premier League manager to see his team score ten goals in the first two minutes of a match.
City took the lead 107 seconds in when Ilkay Gundogan deftly headed home Riyad Mahrez’s pinpoint delivery.
But any illusions of a smooth ride were dashed in the 10th minute itself. Joao Cancelo received a straight red card after he denied Welbeck a goal-scoring opportunity.
In the first half, Brighton had more shots and possession. But despite their efforts, they were down 0-2 just as the second half began.
Phil Foden showed supreme individual talent just moments after the restart.
He finished off a run, that began in his own half, with a clinical, toe-poked finish. His ball shot across Robert Sanchez after skipping away from Ben White.
Within three minutes, however, Brighton equalized, with substitute Leandro Trossard, replacing the injured Welbeck.
He kept his cool as he circumvented a swarm of City defenders and aimed the ball high into the net.
Gundogan was forced off with a knee injury shortly after playing through a strong first-half challenge from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
So, City’s determination crumbled in the 72nd minute.
On the other hand, Adam Webster towered over City’s defence to head in Pascal Gross’ cross.
He also paved the way for Burn, whose attempt Ederson blocked at the start, to score the game-winning goal. He scored Brighton’s third and final goal in the 76th minute.
City Coach Comments
“Eleven against 11 against Brighton is tough, 11 against 10 is difficult so we have to improve for the final,” Guardiola said.
“Unfortunately, after 0-2, we conceded a goal so quick and after they push a lot, we were more tired and could not keep the ball as much as possible – we could not do it and unfortunately we lost the game.”
Losing their final match in a season they won, Pep said: “On Sunday, with our people, we are going to lift the [Premier League] trophy. And after we are going to go for the final of the Champions League.
“I am concerned because this is the final of the Champions League, because the opponent is so tough.”