Manchester City returned to their winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, thanks to first-half goals from Julián Álvarez and Erling Haaland.
After suffering back-to-back league defeats, City appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win. However, Ansu Fati’s 73rd-minute goal for Brighton threatened to create a tense finale at the Etihad Stadium.
Álvarez opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a scrappy shot following a brilliant setup by Jérémy Doku.
With influential midfielder Rodri back from suspension, City controlled the first half, and Haaland capitalized on some sloppy play by Brighton to score City’s second goal after 19 minutes.
While City had opportunities to add to their tally, Brighton added intrigue to the match when Fati found the net. The hosts finished the game with 10 men after Manuel Akanji received a second yellow card in deep stoppage time.
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This victory propelled the reigning champions, City, back to the top of the table with 21 points from nine games.
Mohamed Salah scores twice as Liverpool beat 10-man Everton
Liverpool had to rely on a second-half penalty to find a way past 10-man Everton in a highly charged Merseyside Derby at Anfield on Saturday.
This Premier League clash marked the return of action after the October international break, with Egyptian star Mohamed Salah scoring a brace to hand Liverpool a 2-0 win.
The video assistant referee (VAR) awarded Liverpool a penalty after a handball offense by Everton’s Michael Keane and Salah confidently slotted it home.
Everton’s relentless search for a goal ultimately worked against them when, deep into stoppage time, Liverpool caught them on the counterattack.
Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez collaborated to extend Liverpool’s lead, giving them a two-goal cushion.