Brighton wins to ease rel­e­ga­tion fears

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

place, have con­trib­uted to City’s down­fall more than most and, after win­ning 2-0 at the Eti­had Sta­dium in Oc­to­ber, they cel­e­brated a top-flight dou­ble over the Manch­ester club for the first time since 1960-61.

The only blem­ish for Wolves were the mis­siles thrown from the stands when City cel­e­brated their sec­ond goal, an in­ci­dent that prompted the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to launch a probe.

It was a bit­ter night for Guardi­ola, whose team has lost five league games this sea­son after be­ing beaten just four times in the whole of last term.

City had looked closer to their best in re­cent wins over Arse­nal and Le­ices­ter, but it could not have made a worse start at Mo­lineux. When Diogo Jota es­caped with a well-timed run be­hind the City de­fence, Eder­son rashly raced out of his area.

The Brazil­ian mis­judged the bounce of the ball and clipped Jota, earn­ing a red card.

Guardi­ola then re­placed Ser­gio Aguero with re­serve keeper

Clau­dio Bravo.

City re­sponded by snatch­ing the lead in con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion in the 25th minute.

Riyad Mahrez made an in­ci­sive run that ended with Le­an­der Den­don­cker step­ping on the Al­ge­rian’s foot, lead­ing VAR to award a penalty.

That was not the end of the drama as Ster­ling’s spot-kick was saved by Rui Pa­tri­cio, only for VAR to in­ter­vene again as the penalty was re­taken for en­croach­ment.

Ster­ling shot to the same side

Lon­don, UK - Brighton eased fears of be­ing dragged into a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle as a well-de­served 2-0 win over Bournemout­h lifted the Seag­ulls five points clear of the Pre­mier League drop zone.

Alireza Ja­han­bakhsh and Aaron Mooy scored their first goals for the club as Gra­ham Pot­ter’s men se­cured just a sec­ond win in nine league games to move 13th.

Bournemout­h mean­while re­main pre­car­i­ously placed just two points above the bot­tom three and could even end the day in the rel­e­ga­tion zone if West Ham and As­ton Villa win later on Satur­day.

Ja­han­bakhsh has strug­gled to make an im­pact on the south coast since a big money move from AZ Alk­maar at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son.

How­ever, the Ira­nian was moved to tears when he opened the scor­ing with his first Pre­mier League goal less than three min­utes into his first league start of the sea­son.


Brighton’s Aaron Mooy (right) cel­e­brates with Neal Mau­pay

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