Aguero, Sterling star in Six and the City show
Manchester: Manchester City’s on-fire striker Sergio Aguero struck his second hattrick in a week as the champions ruthlessly destroyed woeful Chelsea in a 6-0 win at The Etihad on Sunday to return to the top of the Premier League. City and Liverpool are both on 65 points with City having the better goal difference although they have played one more game than their rivals. Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Leicester City 3-1 earlier on Sunday, are five points behind.
Aguero, who scored a hat-trick seven days ago against Arsenal, has now equalled Alan Shearer’s record of 11 Premier League hattricks. Raheem Sterling fired City ahead in the fourth minute with a side-foot finish after a quick free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne had caught the Chelsea defence napping. After Aguero had somehow missed an open goal from two metres, the Argentine promptly beat goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a blistering strike from 25 metres.
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Chelsea’s Ross Barkley gifted Aguero with City’s third goal and then a low drive from Ilkay Gundogan made it 4-0 after 25 minutes.
Following the break, Aguero, who also became City’s top scorer in league games, headed against the bar before he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Sterling had been brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta. Sterling completed the rout, turning in a low cross from Oleksandr Zinchenko in the 80th.
The defeat was Chelsea’s worst since their 7-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in 1991. London: Christian Eriksen created the opener before scoring himself as Tottenham beat Leicester 3-1 on Sunday to go five points from the top of the Premier League.
It was third-placed Tottenham’s fourth successive league win without injured top-scorer Harry Kane. Kieran Trippier’s corner was played short to Eriksen, who floated in an inviting cross for Davison Sanchez to power home a diving head for his first Tottenham goal in the 33rd minute.
A key turning point came on the hour when Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for Leicester with his first touch of the game. The striker had been dropped from the starting lineup and only came on to take the spot kick after Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen knocked over James Maddison. Eriksen then doubled Tottenham’s lead inside three minutes. Oliver Skipp charged down Ricardo Pereira’s clearance, Fernando Llorente fed Eriksen, who added to his earlier assist by sending a low shot into the bottom corner in the 63rd. But Vardy partly made amends in the 76th when he turned in Pereira’s cross from close range. Just as Leicester pressed for an equalizer, Son Heungmin scored a breakaway goal, racing clear from the halfway line and converting his 15th of the campaign in the first minute of stoppage time. It ensured third-placed Tottenham is five points behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
Bayern beat Schalke 3-1 to cut Dortmund lead
Berlin: Champions Bayern Munich beat Schalke 04 3-1 on Saturday to climb back into second place and cut the gap on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to five points.
Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry after a Schalke own goal lifted the Bavarians, who bounced back from last week’s loss to Bayer Leverkusen and face Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 later this month, to 45 points. Dortmund are on 50 points after wasting a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim earlier on Saturday. Borussia Moenchengladbach dropped to third on 42 after losing 3-0 to visiting Hertha Berlin.
Napoli stumble, Martinez halts Inter’s slump
Rome: Napoli could finish the weekend trailing Serie A leaders Juventus by 11 points after Carlo Ancelotti’s wasteful side stuttered to a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Saturday, as Lautaro Martinez scored the only goal to get Inter Milan back winning against promoted Parma.
Both sides start their Europa League campaigns this week after crashing out of the Champions League with Napoli travelling to FC Zurich and Inter Milan away to Rapid Vienna in their round of the 32, first leg ties. Inter Milan, in third, got back winning after Martinez came off the bench late, scoring after 79 minutes at Parma, after an earlier Danilo D’Ambrosio headed goal was ruled out after a VAR video review for a handling offence.
HAT-TRICK HERO: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero celebrates the second of his three goals against Chelsea on Sunday. City won 6-0