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Records tumble as Toure is given a champion's farewell

Manchester City 3 Brighton 1

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

By Andy Hampson

Yaya Toure bade farewell to the Etihad Stadium as champions Manchester City set a hat-trick of Premier League records in a routine 3-1 win over Brighton.

Veteran midfielder Toure was made captain for his final home appearance and goals from Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho, cancelling out a Leonardo Ulloa effort, ensured he finished on the winning side.

Records tumbled as City took their goals tally for the campaign to 105, their points total to 97 and their number of wins to 31, eclipsing previous best marks set by Chelsea.

Leroy Sane also shone, setting up all three goals, but the occasion belonged to Toure as the Ivorian completed eight years' outstanding service.

Toure, on his first Premier League start of the season played 85 minutes and was in the action throughout, but could not get on the scoresheet before leaving to a huge ovation.

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