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Aguero fires hat-trick as classy City hit six

City moved to the top of the Premier League with a pulsating victory over Huddersfield Town.
The Blues scored three goals in each half to emphatically swipe aside the Terriers 6-1 at the Etihad - a statement of intent if ever there was and the perfect way to start the home campaign.

What happened?
The visitors came to defend in numbers and frustrate.
David Silva was at the heart of ,most of City's creative probings and Gabriel Jesus twice had chance to open the scoring in the opening minutes only to be denied by keeper Ben Hamer.
But the champions were patient and when the opening goal came, it wasn't either Silva (David or Bernardo) who made it - it was Ederson.
It seems the best way to foil any defensive plan is to do something a little different, so when the visitors saw the ball at Ederson's feet , there seemed little to worry about - but one pinpoint 70-yard pass later and City were about to strike.
Aguero still had plenty to do as he controlled the pass from his goalkeeper, but he was in behind the Terriers' defence, had one marker to worry about and after he'd worked himself a yard of space. he deftly chipped the ball over Hamer and Terence Kongolo on the line to put the Blues 1-0 up on 25 minutes.
Six minutes later it was 2-0.
Benjamin Mendy burst forward and exchanged passes with Gabriel Jesus before the ball fell loose to the Brazilian on the edge of the box and he fizzed a low shot into the bottom corner with Hamer unsighted.
The blitz continues as the champions scored a third inside 10 minutes as Hamer spilled Mendy's cross allowing Aguero the simplest of tasks to poke the ball home from a couple of yards out.
The only blip on an otherwise peerless first half was moments before the break when Billing's throw was flicked on by Mounie and and Stankovic poked in from close range.
No matter - City restored a three-goal advantage just three minutes into the second half with a wonderful free-kick from 20 yards from David Silva that left Hamer flat-footed - the perfect way to mark his 250th Premier League appearance. 
Aguero then came close to another hat-trick on 57 as he skipped away from a couple of challenges before firing a low shot against the foot of the post from outside the box with the visitors reeling.
Of course, with so long left, it was almost inevitable that the Blues would inflict further damage and it came on 75 minutes as Mendy sent in a fine low cross and Aguero deftly volleyed past Hamer from close range for yet another hat-trick in sky blue.
His reward was to be replaced by Leroy Sane and the German winger almost grabbed a sixth goal as he raced into the box only to see his shot saved - and Kongolo finished the job as the ball hit his knee to make it 6-1 five minutes from the end of a long afternoon for the West Yorkshire side.
There could have been more in the time that remained, but nobody was complaining as the champions left the pitch to a standing ovation.

Man of the Match: Sergio Aguero
Hat-trick No.13 for the Argentine who looks fit and razor-sharp. Could this be his best season yet ? He's already got five this season and is well on his way to 300(!)

City looking in fine fettle
Some of the approach play was delightful as the champions sent out a warning that it is business as usual despite the loss of Kevin De Bruyne.
Bernardo Silva was bright and inventive and playing two strikers proved too much for the Terriers to cope with.
The City defence will have many busier afternoons than this in the games to come, but it was important to post a warning to sides coming to defend that there is no hiding place against Pep Guardiola's relentless, well-oiled machine.

MATCH DETAILS:
Manchester City (6): Ederson; Stones, Kompany, Laporte; Bernardo, Gündogan (Foden 81’), Fernandinho, Silva (Mahrez 64’), Mendy; Gabriel Jesus, Agüero (Sané 75’).

Huddersfield (1): Hamer; Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe; Hadergjonaj, Billing, Stankovic, Pritchard (Diakhaby 61’); Sabiri (Depoitre 45’), Mounié.

Goals: 1-0 Agüero 25’, 2-0 Gabriel 30’, 3-0 Agüero 35’, 3-1 Stankovic 42’, 4-1 David Silva 47’, 5-1 Agüero 74’, 6-1 Kongolo (pp) 84’.

Referee: Andre Marriner

 

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