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Manchester City extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions with a hard-fought win over struggling Brighton.

Phil Foden grabbed the only goal just before half-time when he collected Kevin de Bruyne’s pass, created space and fired his shot into the bottom corner.

City had a whole host of chances to extend the lead, Riyad Mahrez put through by Cancelo shot just wide, Ilkay Gundogan saw an effort saved by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and Bernardo Silva hit the crossbar. Substitute Raheem Sterling had a chance to extend the lead from the penalty spot but sent it over the bar after Sanchez had fouled De Bruyne.

Alexis Mac Allister probably had the Seagulls’ best chance to equalise but he sent his shot over the top.

City’s fourth straight win in the league moves them up to third in the table, although they will drop back to fourth if Tottenham win at home against Fulham in the late game on Wednesday.

Brighton, meanwhile, have now not won in nine league matches and could find themselves in the bottom three if 18th-placed Fulham triumph over Spurs.

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