2020-21 English Premier League
  • Leandro Trossard (50')
  • Adam Webster (72')
  • Dan Burn (76')
  • Ilkay Gündogan (2')
  • Phil Foden (48')
  • João Cancelo (10')

Manchester City lose five-goal thriller to Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion scored three times in the second half to fight back from two goals down and beat Manchester City 3-2 at home on Tuesday in a thrilling Premier League encounter in which the champions lost Joao Cancelo to an early red card.

Ilkay Gundogan struck in the second minute, heading home a superb cross from Riyad Mahrez to briefly silence just under 8,000 Brighton fans who had been allowed to return to the stands following over a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cancelo saw red in the 10th minute for a clumsy challenge on Danny Welbeck, but City struck again three minutes into the second half as Phil Foden won the ball inside his own half and out-sprinted the Brighton defence before slotting home his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.

Brighton's amazing comeback began almost immediately, with substitute Leandro Trossard dribbling across the box and drilling the ball in at the far post as the hosts began to make the most of their numerical advantage.

Adam Webster drew them level in the 72nd minute with a towering header before Dan Burn notched the winner four minutes later, scooping the ball into the net after his initial effort was blocked.

Brighton survived a late VAR check following Adam Lallana's challenge in the box on Gabriel Jesus and a late City onslaught to secure a win that lifts Graham Potter's side to 15th spot in the table on 41 points.

That defeat brought to an end City's Premier League record run of 12 consecutive away win and their English Football League record run of 23 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 6 +11 14
2 Manchester City 6 +11 13
3 Chelsea 6 +10 13
4 Manchester United 6 +8 13
5 Everton 6 +5 13
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 5 +3 12
7 West Ham United 6 +5 11
8 Aston Villa 6 +2 10
9 Brentford 6 +3 9
10 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
11 Watford 6 -2 7
12 Leicester City 6 -3 7
13 Arsenal 5 -7 6
14 Crystal Palace 5 -3 5
15 Southampton 5 -2 4
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Newcastle United 6 -7 3
18 Leeds United 6 -8 3
19 Burnley 6 -6 2
20 Norwich City 6 -14 0