City too good for Brighton

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Ear­lier on Satur­day, Manch­ester City con­firmed its sta­tus as ti­tle favourite with a pro­fes­sional 2-0 win at pro­moted Brighton and Hove Al­bion in its opener.

Pep Guardi­ola's team en­joyed 76 per cent of posses­sion, but scored only twice, through Ser­gio Aguero af­ter 70 min­utes and an own goal by Brighton de­fender Lewis Dunk five min­utes later.

Ham­burg stunned by un­fan­cied club

Ber­lin, Ger­many - Top-flight Ham­burg was sen­sa­tion­ally knocked out of the Ger­man Cup in the first round on Sun­day, suf­fer­ing a 3-1 de­feat to third di­vi­sion side Osnabrueck.

Ham­burg’s mis­ery was com­pounded by the fact that Osnabrueck played most of the game with ten men, af­ter de­fender Mar­cel Ap­piah was sent off on 19 min­utes.

Af­ter tak­ing the lead through a smash-and-grab goal from Halil Savran five min­utes be­fore half-time, the un­der­dog struck again through Marc Hei­der on the counter-at­tack with an hour played. Dis­as­trous de­fend­ing from Ham­burg then al­lowed Ah­met Arslan to add a third in the 71st minute. Though Bobby Wood pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, it was too lit­tle too late for Ham­burg.

First round re­sults: 1860 Mu­nich 1 In­gol­stadt 2, Bonn 2 Hanover 6, Sport­fre­unde Dorfmerkin­gen 0 R B Leipzig 5, Sch­we­in­furt 2 Sand­hausen 1, Mor­lautern 0 Greuther Fürth 5, Saar­brücken 1 Union Ber­lin 2, Nöt­tin­gen 2 Bochum 5 Ein­tra­cht Norder­st­edt 0 Wolfs­burg 1.

Other re­sults: French League: Sun­day: Stras­bourg 3 Lille 0, Di­jon 1 Monaco 4 ; Satur­day: Nantes 0 Mar­seille 1, Amiens 0 Angers 2, Caen 0 Saint-Eti­enne 1, Bordeaux 2 Metz 0, Toulouse 1 Mont­pel­lier 0; Fri­day: Nice 1 Troyes 2, Rennes 1 Lyon 2.

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