Sergio Aguero scored five goals as Manchester City returned to winning track with a 6-1 victory against Newcastle United.
The Citizens lost their perfect start to the season when they were beaten in their last two games against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. The hosts looked set to suffer a repeat at Etihad Stadium when Aleksander Mitrovic opened the scoring with his first goal for Newcastle in the opening 20 minutes.
The Argentine international Sergio Aguero scored the equalizer three minutes from the end of a contested first half. Former Atletico Madrid striker ended a 465-minute Premier League goal drought in style and he netted two more goals in two minutes after the break to clinch a first hat trick of the season.
Man City’s summer signing Kevin De Bruyne volleyed a wonderful fourth to put his team up front in the title race. Sergio Aguero, who scored 26 goals league goals last season, added two more before departing to a standing ovation in the 66th minute. The 27-year-old Argentinean became the fifth player in the Premier League history to score five in a match.
“I’m really, really happy,” said Sergio Aguero. “I have just realized that I equaled the record, nut the most important thing is that we won this game and got the three points.”
After the comprehensive win against the Magpies, City moves back to the top of the table ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Emirates Stadium on Sunday, while Steve McClaren’s side is still winless after eight games.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini defended his decision to replace Aguero as a precautionary measure to stop him getting injured again. Last week, Buenos Aires-native had a hamstring problem in the Champions League encounter against Monchegladbach. IMAGE/ Peter Powell/EPA