Man City vs Brighton: The Champions extend their unbeaten run after a 1-1 hard fought draw

Cityzens extended their unbeaten in all competitions to 25 matches with a 1-1 draw during Man City vs Brighton.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Cityzens extended their unbeaten in all competitions to 25 matches with a 1-1 draw during Man City vs Brighton.

Phil Foden score his 15th goal of the season to put City ahead in the 25th minute when he tapped in Erling Haaland's square pass after the striker had broken free.

But a wonderstrike from Julio Enciso pulled the Seagulls level before half-time to end City's 12-game winning streak in the Premier League.

Haaland thought he had headed in a 79th minute winner but the Norwegian remains on 52 goals for the season after his effort was ruled out following a VAR check.  

Man City vs Brighton: Match Summary

With several senior players left out of the trip to the South Coast, City lined up with Rico Lewis at left-back and Rodrigo dropping into the back four alongside John Stones.

Guardiola made six changes with Haaland recalled to the starting line-up and the City striker almost headed us ahead inside six minutes.

Foden crafted the opportunity with a clever jinking run before picking out Haaland at the backpost but his effort was just inches over the bar.

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Two matches in a row, Haaland has no scored a goal (Image- Manchester City)

Brighton, who have secured European football for the first time in the Club's history, offered plenty of threat and rattled the woodwork in the 20th minute.

Danny Welbeck hit a free-kick low into the hands of Stefan Ortega Moreno and when he got a similar opportunity shortly after, his effort smashed the top of the crossbar.

But City broke to the other end with Haaland racing clear, but a heavy touch saw Brighton keeper Jason Steele close him down.

Moments later he was put through again by Riyad Mahrez and this time he squared to Foden whose shot beat Jan Paul van Hecke stationed on the goal-line.

The Seagulls had the ball in the net on the half-hour od Man City vs Brighton when Kaoru Mitoma bundled a corner over the line, but referee Simon Hooper disallowed his effort for handball with the Japanese winger almost carrying the ball in his arms.

But the equaliser came seven minutes before the break when Enciso rifled an unstoppable 25-yard strike into the top corner.

City made a quick start to the second half with an Ilkay Gundogan effort deflected wide and substitute Cole Palmer hitting a stinging shot that Steele palmed away.

At the other end, Ortega Moreno made two smart saves to keep out strikes from Evan Ferguson and Mitoma as they found space in the box.

Haaland found the back of the net in the 79th minute when he headed in Palmer's cross but the referee was sent to the VAR screen and disallowed the goal for a pull on Levi Colwill's shirt.

But neither side could find a winner and Guardiola and Roberto De Zerbi embarced warmly at the full-time whistle.

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