A Raheem Sterling hat-trick inspired Manchester City to a big victory at Brighton & Hove Albion this evening. Gabriel Jesus would get the second and Bernando Silva scored the fourth in an easy win for City.
Brighton made 5 changes from their 3-1 home defeat against Liverpool on Wednesday evening while Man City made 6 changes from their 5-0 home win against Newcastle United earlier that evening.
The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute as Sterling finished from just outside the D from Jesus’ layoff whilst they doubled their lead a couple of minutes before the break as de Bruyne’s corner was flicked on by Rodri at the near post with Jesus tapping in from close range.
Their third would come 8 minutes after the break with Sterling heading in a Mahrez cross from close range while the fourth would come 4 minutes later with Silva scoring at the second attempt. The fifth came 9 minutes before time with him scoring a header while on the ground.
Brighton (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Montoya (Lamptey 59), Webster, Dunk, Bernando; Bissouma, Propper (Stephens 59); Gross (Burn 78), Mooy, Trossard (Jahanbakhsh 69); Connolly (Maupay 59)
Unused subs: Button (GK), Duffy, Mac Allister, Murray
Booked: Bissouma 83
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Garcia (Stones 72), Laporte, Mendy (Zinchenko 63); de Bruyne (c, Foden 63), Rodri (Fernandinho 72), B. Silva; Mahrez, Jesus (D. Silva 63), Sterling
Unused subs: Carson (GK), Otamendi, Doyle, Palmer