- Manchester City beat Newcastle 6-1 at the Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday to go to the top of the table
- Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes when he headed home Georginio Wijnaldum’s cross
- The big Serbian striker had the ball in the net for a second time minutes later but the goal was ruled out for offside
- Sergio Aguero drew the home side level three minutes before half-time after being set up by Brazilian Fernandinho
- Aguero grabbed his second shortly after half-time firing past Tim Krul courtesy of a deflection off Yoan Gouffran
- Two minutes later Aguero sealed his hat-trick by dinking it over Krul after a perfect pass from Kevin De Bruyne
- The Belgian then increased the lead further minutes later after applying an acrobatic finish to Jesus Navas’ cross
- Aguero got his fourth and fifth of the match just after the hour mark with only 20 minutes between the goals
Despite Eden Hazard’s awards blitz last season, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is surely the greatest player to currently grace the Premier League.
The Argentine was in mind-blowing, record-breaking form on Saturday to take City back to the top of the table and make Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United regret having the temerity to take the lead.
His five-goal haul placed him alongside Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov as the only other Premier League players to have managed the feat.
Sergio Aguero celebrates after completing a remarkable 20 minutes that saw him net five goals as Manchester City ran amok at the Etihad
A beaming Sergio Aguero pumps his fist in celebration after netting his fourth and Manchester City’s fifth of the afternoon
Kevin De Bruyne showed brilliant technique to connect with Jesus Navas’ cross and volley home a fourth for Manchester City
Aguero completed his hat-trick after racing on to a Kevin De Bruyne pass to lift the ball over the on-rushing Tim Krul
Aguero lets fly with a left-footed strike that finds the net courtesy of a slight deflection off Yoan Gouffran to make it 2-1 to City
MATCH FACTS, PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart 6.5; Zabaleta 6, Otamendi 6, Mangala 6.5, Kolarov 6; Fernando 6, Fernandinho 7; De Bruyne 8.5, Silva 8 (Iheanacho 75), Sterling 5.5 (Navas 45 6.5); Aguero 9.5 (Bony 66 6)
Unused subs: Caballero (Gk), Demichelis, Sagna, Garcia
Scorers: Aguero 42, 49, 50, 60 & 63, De Bruyne 53
Booked: Fernandinho, Zabaleta, Mangala
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul 6; Janmaat 5.5, Coloccini 5.5, Mbemba 5.5, Mbabu 6 (Lascelles 53 5,5); Gouffran 5.5 (Thauvin 66 6), Anita 6; Sissoko 6 (Tiote 66 6), Perez 5.5, Wijnaldum 6.5: Mitrovic 6
Unused subs: Elliot (Gk), Williamson, de Jong, Cisse
Scorer: Mitrovic 18
Referee: Kevin Friend
Aguero scored his quintet than any of them, 20 minutes 27 seconds, and the achievement was all the more remarkable because he required treatment at half-time for a kick on the hamstring before returning to score four more.
When City fans gave him a rapturous reception as he trudged off after 66 minutes with his work done, he looked slightly disappointed that he wasn’t fit enough to stay on and make the record his own, because Newcastle at that stage were in no state to prevent him from scoring again and again.
‘We are very happy for Kun,’ said City manager Manuel Pellegrini afterwards, using his affectionate nickname for the player.
‘He is always a player who makes the difference but in recent games he has missed chances. To see him playing at his top level not only pleases me, but everyone I am sure. He was very calm in the way he took his chances.
‘Kun demonstrates what he can do every year. Last year he was the top scorer in the Premier League, the season before he decided the title. ‘
Captain-for-the-day Joe Hart said the real mystery was why Aguero had only scored one Premier League goal before Saturday.
Manchester City striker Aguero arrives in the six-yard box to dive and head Fernandinho’s knockdown past Tim Krul to equalise
The Argentina international celebrates pulling his side level as Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba appeals unsuccessfully for offside
Aleksandar Mitrovic stoops to head Newcastle in front against Manchester City as he coverts Georginio Wijnaldum’s cross
Serbian centre forward Mitrovic, a summer signing from Anderlecht, celebrates with his Newcastle team-mates after firing his side ahead
‘It was about time he scored for us, I think he’ll say the same,’ said Hart. ‘He has been playing well but they’ve not being going in. It’s an old-school saying that they were going to come and they were going to flood, but we all knew that was going to be the case.’
It’s hard to imagine now in the Aguero after-glow but City came into the match under real pressure having lost their last two league games against West Ham and Tottenham and regular skipper Vincent Kompany again missing with a calf problem.
The mood of anxiety wasn’t helped by Newcastle making a unexpectedly enterprising start that was rewarded after 18 minutes when Serbian forward Aleksandr Mitrovic headed in Georgino Wijnaldum’s cross. Mitrovic had the ball in the net again soon after, but it was ruled out for offside to McClaren’s chagrin.
City were struggling and badly needed the 42nd minute equaliser given to them by Aguero. David Silva’s far post cross was headed into the six-yard box by Fernandinho and the poacher was in prime position to nod in from close range.
The 21-year-old striker raises his arms in celebration after netting his first goal for Newcastle at the Etihad on Saturday
David Silva, who returned to Premier League action following a spell on the sidelines, looks to wriggle free and find a cross
Newcastle goalkeeper Krul dives at the feet of Fernando to deny the Manchester City midfielder from close range
Manchester City’s £52million midfielder Kevin De Bruyne looks to beat Newcastle right back Daryl Janmaat during Saturday’s clash
The best work of all was done by Fernandinho in the immediate aftermath of the goal, grabbing the ball and running straight back to the centre circle, a real statement of intent for what followed at the start of the second half.
After Aguero had received treatment in the interval and Pellegrini had hooked Raheem Sterling for Jesus Navas, they were rampant at the start of the second period.
‘It must have been good treatment for Sergio,’ smiled Pellegrini. He wasn’t wrong.
After 49 minutes, Chancel Mbemba needlessly surrendered possesion and within a flash Kevin De Bruyne and Silva had combined for Aguero to shoot home from the edge of the box via a slight deflection from Yoan Gouffran.
Holland international defender Janmaat makes a sliding challenege to halt the run of City winger Raheem Sterling
In another battle between the pair Janmaat grabs a handful of Sterling’s shorts as the speedy wide man attempts to get round the outside
Mitrovic was a constant thorn in the Manchester City defence during the first half and could have added to his earlier strike
Aguero’s leveller came three minutes before half-time as he met Fernandinho’s (not in the picture) header to beat Krul from close range
The hat-trick goal arrived in the following minute. A slide-rule pass was supplied by De Bruyne and Aguero finished classily by lifting a first-time finish over the advancing Tim Krul.
Uncharacteristically, Pellegrini celebrated the fifth-quickest hat-trick in Premier League history with a joyous fist-pump on the touchline.
By now, Newcastle were totally unable to cope with City let alone considering a first league win of the season.
De Bruyne volleyed in a fourth home goal and then Aguero bagged his fifth with a low curled finish from the angle of the 18-yard box.
Aguero wheels away to celebrate with his team-mate as City looked to bounce back from consecutive Premier League defeats
Manchester City were without their midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure through injury, who was sat in the stands at the Etihad
Aguero fires Manchester City into the lead just four minutes into the second half to begin a glut of goals after the break
Aguero celebrates with playmaker Silva after netting his and Manchester City’s second to give the home side the lead
When De Bruyne set up his fifth with a cross from the left converted from close range, maybe Pellegrini decided to declare, taking off Aguero to give Wilfried Bony a run-out.
‘It was a precaution. Kun had a kick at the back of his hamstring (v Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday night) and he was not 100 per cent comfortable.
Indeed, the goals did stop coming although the buzz around the Etihad remained with fans amazed by what they had just seen.
Aguero celebrates with his City team-mates after sealing his hat-trick, which came in just nine minutes at the Etihad
The 27-year-old forward kisses the ball after completing a remarkable hat-trick to help City return to winning ways in the Premier League
Belgian midfielder De Bruyne connects sweetly with an acrobatic volley as City ran riot against Newcastle in the second half
A defiant McClaren, who must hope his owner Mike Ashley is not one of those who gets an itchy finger during the international break, said: ‘We really shook Man City in the first half. The goal before half-time gave them a lift and we just got done by Aguero’s world-class finishing.
‘We showed today what our strengths are and our weaknesses. We looked a very good Premier League team in the first half. In the second half, we didn’t look a good team.’
City may have to surrender top spot again on Sunday afternoon when Manchester United play at Arsenal. The two clubs are poised to have a fantastic title race reminiscent of 2011/12.
But City have Aguero and he could prove the difference.
De Bruyne is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring his fourth goal in his last five games for Manchester City
Argentina international Aguero and Newcastle defender Mbemba watch on as the City striker grabs his fourth
Aguero completes the rout by prodding home his fifth and Manchester City’s sixth before being substituted
Source: Daily Mail