Manchester City produced another scintillating performance to thrash Brighton 4-0 at the Etihad on Saturday, August 31. A double from Sergio Aguero helped the defending champions while Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva also managed to get on the scoresheet in the one-sided affair in Manchester.
City opened the scoring just a minute into the game. David Silva's cut-back was slotted into the back of the net by De Bruyne to put the hosts ahead. Despite going a goal down, Brighton were matching Man City for the majority of the first-half and surprising many by managing to create a couple of opportunities.
Man City defender Aymeric Laporte sustained what looked like a serious knee injury after he collided with Adam Webster just before the break and was stretchered off the pitch to be replaced by Fernandinho.
City doubled their lead just before half-time. A lovely move ended with Aguero firing a shot into the roof of the net to give his side a two-goal cushion. As Brighton failed to take their chances early in the second half, they were punished by a third City goal. Aguero curled in a stunning strike from inside the box for his second goal of the game.
The third goal seemed to demoralise Brighton as City began to dominate. They finally managed to get the fourth goal in the 79th minute. Bernardo, who had come off the bench, struck into the back of the net to make the score 4-0.
AFP reported Man City manager Pep Guardiola rued the loss of defender. "He's in hospital, it doesn't look good," said Guardiola "I don't know exactly what he has, tonight or tomorrow we will know exactly."
He also praised his star striker Aguero "I think Sergio has scored goals in Argentina when he was six years old, in England with all the managers he has had and with the national team, he will die scoring goals," said Guardiola.