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REPORT: ALBION BEATEN BY TITLE-CLINCHING MAN CITY

12 May 2019

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Bruno in action on his final Albion appearance.
  • Albion are beaten 4-1 by Manchester City
  • Glenn Murray broke the deadlock
  • Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan reply for City
  • Bruno makes his final appearance for the club

Brighton & Hove Albion ended the Premier League season in defeat, after losing 4-1 to Premier League champions Manchester City at the Amex.

Glenn Murray gave Albion a shock lead in the 27th minute, before City got the win needed to guarantee the title courtesy of a goal each from Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.

The match also saw Bruno lead the team out for the last time after announcing his retirement on Friday, making his 235th and final appearance for the club.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Arsenal a week ago, as Beram Kayal and Yves Bissouma replaced Dale Stephens and Solly March.

City looked to get off to a quick start with some early pressure around the Albion box, as Bernardo Silva excellently weaved his way into the penalty area before Bissouma intercepted the Portuguese at the last moment.

But the Seagulls had an early chance of their own through Murray, whose flicked header from Anthony Knockaert’s cross went just wide.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh then tried his luck after cutting in off the left-hand side and saw his right-footed strike go just past the left post.

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City were denied twice in quick succession after Maty Ryan parried away Raheem Sterling’s angled attempt before Shane Duffy threw himself in front of Gundogan’s strike.

The Socceroos shot-stopper was called into action again moments later after brilliantly tipping away Mahrez’s cross-shot from the left.

First blood went to Albion though, as Gross's corner was met at the near post by Murray who headed past Ederson with 27 minutes on the clock.

But City responded within 90 seconds through Aguero, who fired home a clinical left-footed strike after some brilliant link-up play involving Laporte and David Silva.

Guardiola's side looked to ramp up the pressure, and Ryan made another fine save at the back post to keep out Bernardo Silva’s header.

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Hughton’s men looked to break quickly on the counter-attack though, and Gross found Duffy with a superb in-swinging cross, but the Irishman’s header hit the roof of the net.

Despite all of City’s neat and intricate play around the box, Guardiola’s side took the lead courtesy of a set-piece, as Laporte ghosted into the area to meet a corner and his downward header beat Ryan.

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Lewis Dunk nearly added another dramatic twist in this absorbing contest with the last kick of the first half, but his free kick from a central position was pushed over the bar by Ederson.

Albion had to stand firm at the start of the second half with City having most of the possession, but another chance from a set-piece came courtesy of Dunk, who headed over from Knockaert’s out-swinging free kick.

But the visitors tightened their grip on the Premier League trophy in the 64th minute when Mahrez took aim from distance and sent an unstoppable left-footed shot beyond Ryan.

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The result was put beyond any doubt eight minutes later when Gundogan whipped an unstoppable free kick past Ryan to add a fourth goal for the visitors.

Bruno was given his well-deserved farewell moment in the 83rd minute, as all four sections of the ground applauded the Spaniard, who walked off the Amex pitch for the final time before being replaced by Martin Montoya.

Referee Michael Oliver blew the final whistle much to the delight of the 3,000 Man City fans, sparking wild scenes of celebrations, as the visitors claimed back-to-back titles.

The season may have ended in defeat for Albion, but with a third consecutive season of top-flight football secured, Hughton’s side could reflect on another job well done.

ALBION: Ryan; Bruno (Montoya 83), Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert, Kayal, Bissouma; Jahanbakhsh (Locadia 67), Gross, Murray (Andone 67).

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Molumby.

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