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Man City second-half showing sends champions top again with win over Brighton

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores his sides third goal during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva earned Manchester City a 3-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday that helped the champions regain top spot in the Premier League.

Bernardo Silva celebrates with Ruben Dias and Phil Foden of Manchester City
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Bernardo Silva celebrates with Ruben Dias and Phil Foden of Manchester City Lynne Cameron - Manchester CityGetty

After Liverpool climbed to the summit with a 4-0 mauling of Manchester United on Tuesday, City struggled to issue a response in the first half at the Etihad Stadium against a well-organised Brighton.

However, Liverpool’s hopes of staying on top of the standings were dashed as City came out for the second half looking more like champions, breaking the deadlock through Algerian forward Mahrez in the 53rd minute.

That opener settled City’s nerves with the hosts scoring a second 12 minutes later as Foden’s effort from distance was helped past Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez by a deflection.

With Brighton beaten, Silva added a late third to seal the win that moved Pep Guardiola’s side onto 77 points from 32 games. They are one point ahead of Liverpool as they seek a fourth title in five years.