Brighton secured their qualification for the Europa League with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City, thanks to Julio Enciso’s remarkable long-range goal. After Phil Foden had given City the lead at Amex Stadium, Enciso unleashed an unstoppable shot from approximately 25 meters to equalise.
The result guarantees Brighton a sixth-place finish, their highest-ever position in the top flight of English football. Manager Roberto de Zerbi, who took over from Graham Potter in September, has had an exceptional first season in charge, guiding the team to the FA Cup semifinals as well.
The draw ended City’s 12-game winning streak in the league, after they already secured their third English Premier League championship. Guardiola fielded a stronger lineup with the likes of Haaland and De Bruyne, but Enciso’s goal prevented City from claiming a win. Haaland had a late goal disallowed by VAR.
City’s recent draw against Brighton marked the first time they had failed to secure all three points since February. With only one league match remaining against Brentford on Sunday, they currently have a total of 89 points, which is eight points ahead of second-placed Arsenal. The Gunners looked set for a title win after a long wait, but they faltered as the Cityzens staged a remarkable comeback this season to clinch the title yet again.