English Premier League: Laporte injury mars City's 4-0 win over Brighton; United held by Southampton
Sergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City's 4-0 win over Brighton that was marred by a serious-looking injury to center back Aymeric Laporte on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne got City rolling with a close-range strike inside 69 seconds before Aguero delivered unforgiving finishes either side of halftime at Etihad Stadium. Bernardo Silva added a fourth goal with his first touch after coming off the bench.
The champions' third victory in four matches this season came at a cost, however, with Laporte carried off on a stretcher late in the first half with a right knee injury.
The French defender, who was called up by his national team on Friday for just the second time, punched the ground as soon as he made contact with Adam Webster as the Brighton center charged down the right wing. Laporte held his hands behind his head and shook his head as he was carried off.
Any lengthy absence for Laporte would be a major blow to City, which released long-serving captain Vincent Kompany in the offseason and has John Stones currently out injured. Fernandinho, a center midfielder, filled in as a center back off the bench against Brighton.
The only points City has dropped from the first four games of its title defense came in the 2-2 home draw with Tottenham.
Aguero moved onto six goals for the season already — the most of any player in the league — and has scored in every game so far.
His finishing was brilliant against Brighton, the Argentine lifting a shot high into the net in the 42nd minute from De Bruyne's pass and then curling into the top corner in the 55th after running into David Silva's flicked pass.
Manchester United will head into the international break with just one win from its opening four games in the English Premier League after being held to 1-1 at Southampton on Saturday.
Daniel James cut inside and drove a rising shot into the top corner for his third goal since an offseason arrival from second-tier Swansea, giving United a 10th-minute lead at St. Mary's Stadium.
Southampton's incessant pressure at the start of the second half resulted in an equalizer, with United goalkeeper David de Gea choosing to punch away a shot only for the ball to be delivered back into the area and headed in by Jannik Vestergaard in the 58th.
Kevin Danso was handed a second yellow card for a crude, high challenge on Scott McTominay, reducing Southampton to 10 men in the 73rd.
United couldn't put away any of its late chances, though, leaving the opening-weekend 4-0 over Chelsea as its only win so far. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team has five points, one more than Southampton.
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