Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne made it 600 and 601 up for Pep Guardiola as City defeated a spirited Brighton 3-1 here at the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland’s 16th and 17th goal of this Premier League season, as well as De Bruyne’s scorching strike, earned a welcome three points for City as we bounced back from defeat away at Liverpool.
Our summer signing showed his pace and power for his first, on 22 minutes, as he ran on to Ederson’s fine through ball before holding off defender Adam Webster, rounding keeper Robert Sánchez and sliding home.
Then, on 43 minutes, he blasted home a spot-kick, earned by Bernardo Silva after the Portuguese was brought down in the box by Lewis Dunk.
That second goal meant that Guardiola had overseen 600 goals for City in the Premier League since arriving at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, with De Bruyne ensuring 601.
Haaland became the first City man to score in seven consecutive home games since Sergio Aguero in the 2017-18 campaign.
Haaland is, also remarkably, now only six goals behind the 23 total that earned the Premier League Golden Boot in 2021-22 for Mo Salah and Son Heung-min.
Leandro Trossard pulled one back on 53 minutes with an impressive right-foot drive from just outside the box as the visitors came roaring back.
But we weren’t to be denied and it was skipper De Bruyne who ensured the victory with a rocket shot which blasted home on 75 minutes.
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