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Summary

  1. Title favourites Man City start with win
  2. Aguero breaks deadlock from Silva pass
  3. Dunk heads into own net under pressure from Jesus
  4. Ederson, Walker & Danilo make Man City debuts

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

To be honest after all that hype about the return of the Premier League, it's just been same old, same old as last season.

Huddersfield Town top of the table after a 3-0 win, Burnley beating nine-man champions Chelsea 3-2, Wayne Rooney scoring for Everton. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

We're going to leave you there, but in case you fancy watching scorelines including 4-3, 3-3, 3-2 and 3-0, check out Match of the Day tonight at 22:30 BST.

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'A proud moment to make Premier League debut'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton midfielder Solly March: "It was a tough game and a tough introduction into the Premier League, but we know we aren't going to be facing teams like that every week. We are looking forward to next week.

"We had them under pressure for five minutes or so, but they are hard to play against.

"It was a special day for all of us and it was a proud moment to make my Premier League debut."

Guys, I'm going to level with you. As we're almost finished this live page for the night - I've just checked my fantasy football team. It's not looking great.

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Brighton rock solid - for 70 minutes

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at the Amex Stadium

rock
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In the end the Brighton defence did not quite hold out, but for a team that had 75% of possession, Manchester City did not create many clear-cut chances.

Much of that was down to Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk. Yes, the latter was the scorer of an unfortunate own goal, and Duffy also gifted a golden chance to Sergio Aguero with the score at 0-0, but otherwise Brighton's centre-backs were very much their rocks at the back.

Manchester City were able to bring on Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane today. Must be one of the most expensive and talented trio of subs in Premier League history.

'City were better in all departments'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

It could have been different if Brighton had scored first, not that they looked like they were going to, but it would have given them something to hold on to. They were struggling to get a foot in from the get-go. City were better in all departments, except for maximum effort on Brighton's part.

'We are a strong club'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Manchester City

Man City boss Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport: "We had chances in the first minutes. We have controlled the counter-attacks and we didn't concede one chance. We are going to improve the way we attack.

"I was very happy with the new players. I want to say thank you to the club. We have huge players with lots of talent. Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club.

"I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season. We were stable but we have to try to improve. The most important thing was to win the first game."

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has just thanked the club for making all their summer signings. He says he won't necessarily stick to a three/five-man defence this season. More to come from his BBC Sport interview soon.

'It was always going to be difficult for us to score'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sport: "It is disappointing but that is the quality Manchester City have got and we know that.

"We can take a lot of positives from the game. When you are playing Champions League quality teams, you know that they can hurt you.

"It was always going to be difficult for us to score. We have to make sure that come the end of the window, we have a squad that can do well enough in this division. We have to win the games that we can do.

"The fans have been absolutely brilliant in my time here and I think they are realistic. They will certainly be behind us. It is a wonderful place to be and a wonderful place to play."

Match of the Day running order

Here's your first Match of the Day running order of the season. Tonight on BBC One from 22:30 BST.

Chelsea v Burnley

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield

Watford v Liverpool

Arsenal v Leicester

Brighton v Manchester City

Everton v Stoke

West Brom v Bournemouth

Southampton v Swansea

And here's Gary Lineker chatting about it...

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Pep's postcard from Brighton

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at the Amex Stadium

Expect it will read something like:

We weren't great but we got the job done.

I won't wear the beige slacks next week.

See you soon,

Pep x

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'It is better to play with a smile on your face'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Manchester City

Manchester City debutant Kyle Walker told BT Sport: "We needed the win and it was good to get off to a good start, so we are happy.

"I am enjoying working with the club, the lads have been so welcoming and I am enjoying my football. It is better to play with a smile on your face."

'We have quality in the team'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Manchester City

City captain Vincent Kompany told BT Sport: "We had to be patient the first half, they were defending well and they had a clear game plan, but we have quality in the team.

"The season is going to be long, but today was an improvement on what we did last season. We got the goal because we were patient."

Brighton only had 22% of the ball today. Their goalkeeper Mat Ryan played more passes than any of their outfield players. They had six shots, two on target, two off target and two blocked - but never really felt like scoring.

It's hard to draw too many conclusions from this game really. Manchester City will face much better teams than Brighton this season - opponents who will test their new defenders and goalkeeper a lot more.

Likewise, Brighton looked a bit short of quality. But then again they won't be facing teams full of £40m players every week.

'The scoreline flatters Brighton'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

As the game wore on, it was just a matter of when the Brighton defence would crack. Aguero was inevitably the man who opened the scoring and opened the floodgates.

The second goals was an unfortunate own goal for Lewis Dunk because he held the back four together with his mate Shane Duffy.

I think the scoreline does actually flatter Brighton, and it could have been a lot more.

And that means...

Huddersfield Town - who beat Crystal Palace 3-0 - will spend a night top of the English league for the first time since August 1970. Just another 37 games to hang in there, lads.

FULL-TIME

Brighton 0-2 Man City

As expected, the Premier League title favourites have beaten the top flight's newbies.

Man City celebrate
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'It it just like watching a training session'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

When they start stringing passes together, especially with no pressure like now, it is just like watching a training session. With this quality of players, it must be frightening to watch them in the comfort of the Etihad.

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Nobody is even trying to score.

'They have got a long way to go'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

After the second goal, you could visibly see the Brighton players' heads drop and their shoulders shrink. They have put in a good evening's work but they have got a long way to go. They will be happy to stay in the league.

Brighton 0-2 Man City

This is one of those games where you probably don't really need any injury time.

'I prefer Silva with his floppy hair'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

I think I prefer Silva with his floppy hair.

It's safe to say David Silva's new 'do' has been quite a talking point this evening...

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Brighton's Pascal Gross' cross from the left goes straight out of play. Some Albion fans are leaving early (well a few at least). First top-flight game in 34 years, you'd think you might see it through until the end.

'It is a job well done'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

I think it is as much as Pep Guardiola could have hoped for against the enthusiasm of a team promoted for the first time in 30-odd years and it is a job well done.

Guardiola
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Brighton 0-2 Man City

Nothing to see here. We're just easing towards a routine Manchester City win.

'The sooner the whistle blows, the better for Brighton'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

I think they will be relieved when they hear the full-time whistle. From their point of view, the sooner the whistle blows, the better.

Aguero always seems to come off before the 90 minutes is up. If you look back on his record, he scores goals but he just doesn't often complete the full 90. It doesn't surprise me.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Manchester City bring on £42m summer signing from Monaco, Bernardo Silva, for his debut. Off comes Sergio Aguero. City now have no 'proper strikers' on the pitch.

YELLOW CARD

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Raheem Sterling goes into the book for breaking up a Brighton attack with a foul.

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Lewis Dunk is the seventh player to score an own goal on their Premier League debut.

Dunk own goal
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'Everything has been comfortable for Ederson'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

Ederson has had so little to do. Everything has been comfortable. He has not been tested at all. Obviously, we would love many more of these games where he doesn't have much to do.

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Brighton have a couple of corners. If they're going to come back, they have to score soon. Ederson catches a corner and rolls the ball to a team-mate. Ten minutes left.

'Brighton have lost a bit of spark'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

It would have been a lot to expect Brighton fresh from the Championship to go a full 90 minutes without conceding, and that is the way it has turned out.

It is a little bit predictable, but Brighton had to start somewhere. They look like they have lost a bit of spark.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Manchester City bring on Raheem Sterling for Gabriel Jesus. I'm not sure the Jesus-Sergio Aguero partnership really worked despite the scoreline.

A couple of minutes ago, Brighton brought on promotion hero Anthony Knockaert for Solly March.

'It is a more realistic scoreline'

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Fred Eyre

Former Man City player on BBC Radio Manchester

It looks a more realistic scoreline, to be honest.

City celebrate
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GOAL - Brighton 0-2 Man City

Lewis Dunk own goal

It's a slam DUNK for Manchester City. Sergio Aguero gets the ball to Fernandinho down the right and Lewis Dunk heads the Brazilian's cross past his own keeper. He was under pressure but he got so much power in it, it's like he was at the other end trying to score.

Goal
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Brighton 0-1 Man City

Skills (skillz?) by Kyle Walker as he skips past two Brighton defenders, who have to illegally bring him to the ground. Free-kick to City. It's deflected out for a corner.

Brighton 0-1 Man City

It's hard to see Brighton scoring an equaliser based on what we've seen so far.