Brighton delighted their returning fans by coming back from two goals down to beat 10-man Manchester City at a raucous Amex Stadium.
New champions City silenced the 7,495 home fans in attendance through Ilkay Gundogan’s second-minute opener, but were a man down after nine minutes, when Joao Cancelo hauled back Danny Welbeck and was sent off for a professional foul.
Phil Foden’s superb solo effort put City 2-0 up – but Leandro Trossard gave Brighton hope with a cool close-range finish, and the home side then put intense pressure on the champions’ goal.
Adam Webster levelled, rising highest in the box to head home Pascal Gross’s delivery and set up a dramatic conclusion, roared on by the crowd.
With 14 minutes left, Dan Burn sent them in raptures with the Brighton winner, following up his own blocked shot to steer the rebound into the corner of the net.
There was still time for a nervy VAR check for a possible penalty following Adam Lallana’s tackle on Gabriel Jesus in the box but the video official agreed the on-field call not to award it.
Brighton are already safe from the drop, but have now moved to 41 points and up to 15th in the Premier League table. They also have a first win over City since April 1989.
City remain on 83 points after this defeat – but of greater concern to them, with the final of the Champions League to play on 29 May, was the sight of Gundogan limping off in the second half with what appeared to be a knee injury.
More to follow.
Player of the match
Brighton & Hove Albion
Squad number11Player nameTrossard
Squad number3Player nameWhite
Squad number33Player nameBurn
Squad number8Player nameBissouma
Squad number4Player nameWebster
Squad number14Player nameLallana
Squad number29Player nameZeqiri
Squad number15Player nameModer
Squad number13Player nameGroß
Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh
Squad number17Player nameAlzate
Squad number26Player nameSánchez
26SánchezBooked at 90mins
4WebsterBooked at 90mins
16JahanbakhshBooked at 27minsSubstituted forLallanaat 49′minutes
17AlzateSubstituted forZeqiriat 65′minutes
18WelbeckSubstituted forTrossardat 29′minutes
27CanceloBooked at 10mins
20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 73minsSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 77′minutes
16RodriBooked at 79mins
8GündoganSubstituted forFernandinhoat 56′minutesBooked at 82mins
21TorresSubstituted forGarcíaat 15′minutes
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Manchester City 2.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Manchester City 2.
Robert Sánchez (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Rúben Dias (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Eric García (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.
VAR Decision: No Penalty Manchester City.
Attempt saved. Andi Zeqiri (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Adam Lallana (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).
Attempt missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt blocked. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andi Zeqiri.
Foul by Jakub Moder (Brighton and Hove Albion).
John Stones (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.