Erling Haaland keeps shining at Manchester City. He already has scored 17 goals, including today’s brace, in 10 league games for Man City. With Haaland’s two goals, Manchester City smashed Brighton at Etihad Stadium with a 3-1 margin. However, Man have returned to the winning way after losing against Liverpool FC.
Manchester City welcomed Brighton & Hove at Etihad Stadium. City boss Pep Guardiola set up the team formation with 4-3-3 in this match. But the manager benched Phil Foden against Brighton. Instead of Foden, the manager deployed Jack Grealish on the field. On the other hand, Brighton’s boss played his team in a 3-4-1-2 formation, using two full-backs with three center-backs.
However, it didn’t take the home team long to start dominating. Kevin De Bruyne created a lot of chances in the first half. But the first goal came from Ederson’s assist. In the 22nd minute, Erling Haaland scored a stunning goal for the Citizens to take the lead.
Taking the lead, the home team became more aggressive. They highly pressed the opponents in the entire game. It became very difficult for Brighton’s defenders to handle City’s front line. Therefore, the visitors made a mistake as defender L. Dunk fouled Bernardo Silva inside the box.
The match referee offered a penalty kick to the home team after the VAR check. So, Erling Haaland stepped forward to take the spot kick, and he made no mistakes. As a result, Erling Haaland scored his 2nd goal of the match and doubled the lead for the Citizens.
However, the visitors tried hard to find the net. They played relatively well in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Brighton’s midfielder Leandro Trossard scored a goal with March’s assist. At this point, it seemed the visitors could equalize with Manchester City. But the home team gave no chance for it.
Manchester City scored one more goal in the final 15 minutes. This time, midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne found the net in the 75th minute with the help of Bernardo Silva. After that, Brighton tried hard but failed to score. Therefore, the scoreline remained the same at the end of the match.