Julio Enciso’s stunning equalizer solidified Brightonplace next season Europa League like Manchester City‘S Premier League The streak was stopped with an exciting 1-1 draw in 12 matches.
The 19-year-old Paraguayan striker made a thunderous, sudden turn into the upper right corner seven minutes before the break, mathematically securing Albion’s sixth-place finish.
Phil Foden put the newly crowned champions ahead with his fifth goal in multiple games against the Seagulls at Amex Stadium.
However, despite bringing back a number of big names, Pep Guardiola It was the first time since 18 February to see terrific side-dropping scores after Erling Haaland was disallowed in the 79th minute after VAR detected a tug on Levi Colwill.
City boss Guardiola was angered by this decision and was later shown a yellow card by referee Simon Hooper for his continued protests.
Haaland wasted two good chances in the first half, Brighton’s Danny Welbeck jolted the crossbar from a free kick and a goal for offside was disallowed, plus a Kaoru Mitoma effort chalked it up for handball.
The oscillating match was fitting for the record-breaking Seagulls’ final home game of an unforgettable campaign, and swept away their chances of qualifying for the European Conference League on the final day at seventh-placed Aston Villa.
City received a guard of honor from the hosts four days after second-placed Arsenal secured their fifth title success in six seasons thanks to their defeat at Nottingham Woods.
Guardiola brought back Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne as part of six substitutions after their 1-0 win over Chelsea in Sunday’s celebrations, while Brighton captain Lewis Dunk called the England back hours after he recalled them due to ongoing calf and back issues. It started in his cabin.
Trying to add another top 36 goal, Haaland should have given City the lead in six minutes, but took the lead profusely after Foden’s inviting shot from the left.
Guardiola greets rival manager Roberto De Zerbi as one of the most influential managers of the last 20 years in the formation of conflict.
Still, City was guilty of causing their own problems with some risky passes from behind in the opening trades.
The visitors were lucky to escape Brighton’s high pressure several times and survived when Welbeck’s powerful free kick kicked back from the bar in the 20th minute.
Haaland then smashed the ball and saw him choked by Seagulls goalie Jason Steele after being slid in by Foden before helping the 25th minute opener and making corrections.
Riyad Mahrez’s excellent breakout split Albion’s defense in two, and Haaland clearly competed to draw Steele and square for home-located Foden to maintain his good scoring record against the Seagulls despite Jan Paul van Hecke’s best efforts on the line.
As City lifted the Premier League trophy over the weekend, Brighton enthusiastically celebrated securing continental football for the first time by beating relegated Southampton 3-1.
And the Seagulls were determined to prolong the enthusiasm.
Mitoma saw its bulk finish being rejected, and Facundo Buonanotte tucked in Stefan Ortega’s palms before the dazzling equalizer arrived.
Enciso picked up the ball from Colwill in the middle of the opposing pitch and advanced to strike a spectacularly high hit into the net from the distance, giving the City fans a round of applause behind the goal.
Former Manchester United forward Welbeck then had a smooth finish due to offside before Foden narrowly headed into the middle of De Bruyne at the end of a breathless first half.
The frantic, end-to-end action spreads into the second period as well, though the odds are largely high.
Ilkay Gundogan shone from a wide angle and Cole Palmer tested Steele, while Pervis Estupinan’s powerful drive flew marginally out of the left post at the other end.
Trio chase City thought Haaland won 11 minutes later when substitute Palmer had room to nod in the middle.
However, despite Guardiola’s visibly disappointed, the close-range finish broke down on Stockley Park’s advice.
City completed their highest-level summit at Brentford before moving on to the FA Cup final against rivals Manchester United and a Champions League showdown with Inter Milan in Istanbul.