Aguero’s hat-trick guides City to top spot

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Agen­cies sportm@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ser­gio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manch­ester City climbed to the top of the Premier League with a 6-0 vic­tory against Wat­ford on Satur­day.

Aguero opened the scor­ing in the 27th minute, head­ing home Kevin de Bruyne’s su­perb free kick, and dou­bled the lead within four min­utes when he con­verted David Silva’s teas­ing cross from close range.

Gabriel Je­sus tre­bled the lead in the 38th minute. Af­ter Ni­co­las Ota­mendi headed in a fourth in the 63rd minute, Aguero com­pleted his tre­ble with a neat fin­ish at the end of a sen­sa­tional run. Ra­heem Ster­ling added a sixth from the penalty spot af­ter he was brought down by Chris­tian Kabasele late on.

City have 13 points from five games — three more than ri­vals Manch­ester United who play Ever­ton on Sun­day.

125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions fell flat at An­field where they com­pleted a dis­ap­point­ing week by draw­ing 1-1 with Burn­ley on Satur­day.

Al­though Liver­pool gave Philippe Coutinho his first start,it was Scott Ar­field who broke the dead­lock in the 26th minute. How­ever, Liver­pool re­sponded quickly and brought the game on level terms in just three min­utes thanks to a fine in­di­vid­ual ef­fort from Mo­hamed Salah.

Le­ices­ter City striker Jamie Vardy’s sec­ond­half equaliser earned the visi­tors a 1-1 draw at a dom­i­nant Hud­der­s­field Town on Satur­day.

The hosts drew first blood straight af­ter the break. Le­ices­ter equalised four min­utes later, with Vardy con­vert­ing penalty.

Ser­gio Aguero

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