Champion City had their winning streak snapped by Brighton.

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Published: 5/25/2023 4:10:19 AM
Brighton & Hove Albion's Julio Enciso celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters

Brighton & Hove Albion's Julio Enciso celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Reuters

Champions In the Premier League, Manchester City's 12-game winning streak came to an end as Brighton and Hove Albion, currently in sixth place, drew 1-1 to secure their place in the Europa League on Wednesday.

Phil Foden's goal in the 25th minute gave treble-chasing City, who had just clinched their fifth championship in six seasons, the lead despite playing with less vigor than usual.

Enciso scored a long-range piledriver in the 38th minute to restore parity for the hosts after Brighton had qualified for Europe for the first time with some energetic play.

Before the break, Brighton's Danny Welbeck had a goal disallowed, and late in the game, Erling Haaland thought he had given City the lead but was penalized for shirt-pulling after a VAR review.

It was City's first losing streak since the beginning of February. With one league match remaining on Sunday at Brentford, City has 89 points, eight more than Arsenal. Aston Villa, currently in seventh place, is unable to match Brighton's total of 62.

Although City manager Pep Guardiola had already won another championship and the FA Cup and Champions League finals were still to come, his desire to win had not diminished.

He was enraged when Haaland's late goal was disallowed, and his outburst earned him a yellow card.

However, losing would have been unfair to Brighton, who had the best season in club history.

Outstanding game. Congratulations to Brighton on earning a spot in the Europa League, said Guardiola.

"We behaved and proved why we were the champions against that team 48 hours after consuming all the alcohol in Manchester," the player said.

In a fun match, Brighton and City were evenly matched. Brighton had 20 goal attempts to City's 13, with seven of them being successful.

However, even with their attention now fixed on two of the most important games in club history, City still had a powerful offensive presence thanks to Haaland's rampaging forward.

The Norwegian appeared to be about to score when he had a one-on-one with Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele, but Steele denied him.

After being set free by Riyad Mahrez's pass, he went through again. This time, he went around Steele and picked out Foden, whose shot found the bottom corner.

Prior to Enciso's goal, a teenager from Paraguay, Kaoru Mitoma, had an equalizer disallowed.

He picked up the ball in an open area about 25 meters from the goal and fired a right-foot rocket past Stefan Ortega's diving body into the top corner of the net.

A precise offside call then prevented Welbeck from scoring after he had already struck the goal frame with a free kick.

Brighton also had plenty of opportunities in the second half, but Haaland appeared to have scored his 53rd goal of the year when he headed in Cole Palmer's cross, but it was obvious that he had grabbed Levi Colwill's shirt as the ball crossed the line.

With just one goal in his last six games, Haaland's goal rate has significantly slowed. The supporters of City will be hoping he has a few more in reserve for the crucial two weeks that lie ahead.

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