Manchester City eased to victory over Brighton as Sergio Aguero hit two goals to continue his record of scoring in all four of his team’s Premier League games this season.

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne set the reigning champions on their way when he poked David Silva’s low cross over the line after just 68 seconds.

Aguero finished off a free-flowing move to double the lead before producing a sumptuous curl from the edge of the penalty after half-time.

Substitute Bernardo Silva completed the scoring with his second touch after replacing David Silva.

However, City lost French defender Aymeric Laporte to injury. The former Athletic Bilbao player was carried off on a stretcher after a collision with Adam Webster before being taken to hospital.

Ruthless City show no mercy

City have scored 14 goals in their first four matches this campaign.

Having hit five against on the opening weekend of the season, they scored two against and put three past Bournemouth before notching another four against Brighton.

If they carry on scoring at this rate, averaging 3.5 goals per game throughout the season, they will end up with 133 top-flight goals.

At the age of 31, Sergio Aguero continues to show the same desire and hunger as when he first joined in 2011 from Atletico Madrid for £38m.

Having scored 21 in each of his last two season’s to help City to back-to-back league titles, the Argentine already has six goals from four matches this term and is the Premier League’s leading scorer.

Despite the score, this was not vintage City but Aguero’s two goals and assist inspired his team as he took his tally to 237 goals for the club. Fitness permitting, he will be past 250 by Christmas.

After De Bruyne broke the deadlock from close range in the second minute, Aguero finished off a superb move started by Kyle Walker and involved and De Bruyne.

His third was a superb curler past Mat Ryan before Bernardo Silva got in on the act with a clever finish.

Laporte injury a worry for Guardiola

Despite his side’s routine win, will be concerned at the loss of Laporte – particularly as central defence is not an area of strength for City.

Laporte cut across Webster, who was making his Premier League debut, as he tried to stop Brighton surging forward.

He went down heavily and there was a delay while the player received treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital to have the injury assessed.

Guardiola, who opted not to replace defender Vincent Kompany after the Belgian left in the summer, sent on Fernandinho to operate alongside Nicolas Otamendi, with John Stones injured.

Although Brazilian Fernandinho is more than capable of doing the job, the loss of Laporte for any length of time could cause Guardiola problems.

Brighton plan undone by early goal

A visit to City, who clinched the title at the Amex Stadium on the final day of last season, was pretty much a free-hit for Brighton who will target maximum points in their next two games against Burnley and .

Having suffered nine defeats in 12 games against the teams that finished in the top six last season, few gave them a chance to avoid defeat – although Crystal Palace’s surprise win at the Etihad last December was not lost on Graham Potter.

“We need a bit of luck, to play well and hope they have a bad day,” said the Brighton boss before the game.

His side’s plan to frustrate and hit the champions on the break did not last two minutes as De Bruyne struck early, yet Brighton did create chances.

Ederson saved from Leandro Trossard at the end of the first half while the Belgian spurned another chance after half-time.

Having taken four points from the first two games, Brighton have lost two back-to-back games and will target a quick return to winning ways after the international break.

Man of the match – Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Sergio Aguero produced another masterclass in the art of scoring with two goals in the space of 13 minutes either side of half-time before setting up Bernardo Silva

99 not out – the stats

  • Man City forward Sergio Aguero has scored 99 Premier League goals at the Etihad – only Thierry Henry at Highbury (114) and Wayne Rooney at (101) have scored more at a single venue in Premier League history.
  • Brighton remain winless in every away league match they have played against City.
  • City have won 17 of their last 18 Premier League games since losing 2-1 to United in January.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2010, City’s David Silva has assisted 87 Premier League goals – 27 more than any other player.
  • City’s Kevin de Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last seven Premier League starts.

What’s next?

Both teams have a two-week recess due to the first international break of the season, but Norwich City await Manchester City at Carrow Road on 14 September (17:30 BST) – the same day Brighton host Burnley (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14LaporteBooked at 36minsSubstituted forFernandinhoat 37′minutes
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forat 69′minutes
  • 16Rodri
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 78′minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 8
  • 12Angelino
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 27Cavaco Cancelo
  • 47Foden

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 15Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 83mins
  • 33Burn
  • 22Montoya
  • 6Stephens
  • 24
  • 30BernardoSubstituted forMurrayat 67′minutes
  • 20March
  • 7MaupaySubstituted forConnollyat 66′minutes
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Duffy
  • 13
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Murray
  • 18Mooy
  • 27Button
  • 44Connolly
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
54,386

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 4, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 4, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by .

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Goal!

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces David Silva.

Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Solly March is caught offside.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Bernardo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Connolly replaces Neal Maupay.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

goal

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