EPL: Sergio Aguero nets fifer as Manchester City hits sixer
Argentine star is chief architect as Manchester City rout Newcastle 6-1 to go atop EPL points table
Manchester: Sergio Aguero turned in a remarkable goal-scoring performance by netting five times in 20 minutes as Manchester City came from behind to rout Newcastle United 6-1 on Saturday.
Manchester City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero (centre) celebrates after scoring his fourth goal against Newcastle United in an EPL match at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Only four other players in post-1992 Premier League history — Andrew Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov — scored five times in one game.
After cancelling out Aleksandar Mitrovic's goal just before half-time, Aguero led a second-half assault on Newcastle. When the dust subsided, City were back on top of the division with 18 points from 8 games.
Aguero opened his account in the 42nd minute as David Silva chipped to the far post, Fernandinho headed the ball back across goal and the City forward headed home from just inside the six-yard area.
Four minutes into the second half, Aguero put City in front, gathering a pass from David Silva and beating Tim Krul via a slight deflection off Yoan Gouffran.
Fastest EPL hat-trick
A minute later Aguero completed his hat-trick, in under nine minutes that made it the fifth-fastest treble since the Premier League was founded. De Bruyne's excellent through-ball saw Aguero lift it over the oncoming goalkeeper.
De Bruyne claimed the next goal in the 53rd minute, making it 4-1. A right-wing cross from Jesus Navas found the Belgian on the corner of the six-yard box and a slightly mis-hit volley gave Krul no chance in the Newcastle goal.
On the hour, Aguero scored his fourth goal, and City's fifth, from another Silva assist. For City's sixth, De Bruyne created the opening with a low cross from the left flank and Aguero slid the ball home.
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