Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.

Lewis Dunk turned ‎Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew‎ Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.

There was some intricate build-up play and Gabriel Jesus twice found the Brighton net only for the strikes to be ruled out, once for handball and once for offside.

The Brazilian also had a point-blank header saved by Ryan before City’s late burst.

Twenty years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight, Brighton are a Premier League club.

The Seagulls had more recent history with City, knocking them out of the League Cup on penalties at the Withdean Stadium.‎

Wayne Rooney’s first goal back in blue inspired boyhood club Everton to a narrow opening-weekend victory against Stoke.

After 13 record-breaking years at Manchester United, the 31-year-old made the ideal mark on his Premier League homecoming.

Rooney’s header late in the first half – his first competitive goal for the club in 4,869 days – broke the deadlock and set Ronald Koeman’s Everton on course for a 1-0 win against Stoke at Goodison Park.


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