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Sep 29, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 54,152
Man CityManchester City
2-0
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
Sterling (29'), Aguero (65')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Manchester City beat Brighton & Hove Albion to go top of table

Manchester City rise above Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Manchester City have risen above Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling made the breakthrough in the 29th minute against a stubborn Brighton outfit, before Sergio Aguero doubled the home side's advantage in the second period.

Raheem Sterling celebrates with Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva after opening the scoring for Manchester City against Brighton & Hove Albion on September 29, 2018© Reuters

Aguero had the first half-chance of the match in the sixth minute when he produced a spectacular overhead kick, but Shane Duffy was on hand to make the block.

Duffy and fellow central defender Lewis Dunk continued to impress in the period that followed as a number of crosses into the Brighton box were headed clear by the duo.

The game's first shot on target did not arrive until the 27th minute, and it was a comfortable save for Brighton's Mathew Ryan as he kept out a strike from Leroy Sane.

City made the breakthrough less than two minutes later, however, with Sterling having the simple task of tapping a low Sane cross into the back of the net from close range.

The home side continued to dominate the possession, but serious opportunities were few and far between in what was a largely uneventful first half.

City's final two chances of the first period came for Sterling and Fernandinho, but the England international saw his powerful effort beaten away by Ryan before the latter also found Brighton's goalkeeper in good form.

Aguero headed a Kyle Walker cross wide of the Brighton post early in the second half as the hosts looked for a second, before Oleksandr Zinchenko tested Ryan from distance.

Sane was next to come close for City just before the hour, as the German headed a Bernardo Silva cross over the crossbar from close range, before Ryan made a wonderful save to keep out a powerful David Silva drive.

City did double their advantage in the 65th minute, however, when Aguero raced away from a number of Brighton shirts in a central position before feeding Sterling, and the attacker returned the favour to allow the Argentine to slide into the back of the net from close range.

Riyad Mahrez twice had attempts after entering the field as a substitute, but his first effort was wide of the target before Ryan made a smart save 15 minutes from time.

Brighton made three changes in the period that followed, but City continued to dominate as they closed in on their sixth Premier League win of the campaign.

It was not a vintage performance from the home side, although they were always comfortable against a Brighton team who only managed one attempt on target, and had just 21% of the ball.

MAN CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, David Silva (Foden 88'); Sterling, Aguero (Jesus 66'), Sane (Mahrez 71')

BRIGHTON (4-4-1-1): Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert (Jahanbaksh 79'), Propper, Kayal, March (Izquierdo 83'); Bissouma; Locadia (Murray 73')

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