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3 talking points as Brighton stun Premier League champions Manchester City

Brighton staged a remarkable second-half comeback to defeat 10-man Manchester City in front of 8000 returning fans

Brighton displayed a remarkable second-half comeback to stun 10-man Manchester City with an astonishing 3-2 Premier League victory on a raucous evening at the Amex Stadium. Almost 8,000 jubilant fans were in attendance on the south coast to see Dan Burn sweep home a 76th-minute winner against Pep Guardiola’s shocked champions.

An early header from Ilkay Gundogan and a superb individual effort from Phil Foden in the second half put City in control before Albion came roaring back courtesy of Leandro Trossard and Adam Webster. City, who succumbed to a first top-flight away defeat in 13 outings, were forced to play for 80 minutes a man down after Joao Cancelo was dismissed for denying Danny Welbeck a goal-scoring opportunity.

Sensational success for the hosts for their first win in eight Premier League attempts against the Sky Blues. It came at a cost for both sides, with Welbeck and Gundogan each limping off injured, although that could not dampen the spirit of the euphoric home faithful at full-time. Due to coronavirus restrictions and some unconvincing form last year, Brighton fans had not been present to witness their team win since December 2019.

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Belgian forward Leandro Trossard would have been delighted to have made Roberto Martinez‘s Belgium squad for the upcoming Euros this summer. It is quite an achievement to cut, given Belgium’s array of talent in midfield and forward spots, which includes the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

However, if there were any doubters of the 26-year-old, they’ve surely been silenced since, courtesy of an extremely well-taken goal against the league’s meanest defence. Trossard’s goal was the turning point of the match as it revived the spirit of the Brighton team after going 0-2 down.

He showed great composure to stick with the ball despite attempts from John Stones and Ruben Dias to keep him at bay, and he was also able to find a smashing finish to beat Ederson at his near post.