‘Leg­end’ Aguero makes his­tory as Man City slam Villa for six

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Birm­ing­ham, UK - Pep Guardi­ola said Ser­gio Aguero's leg­endary sta­tus had grown again af­ter be­com­ing the English Premier League (EPL) top scor­ing for­eign player with a hat-trick as Manch­ester City thrashed As­ton Villa 6-1 on Sun­day.

It may be too late to sal­vage City's de­fence of the EPL ti­tle as they re­main 14 points be­hind run­away lead­ers Liver­pool, who also have a game in hand, but led by Aguero the cham­pi­ons moved ahead of Le­ices­ter into sec­ond.

Aguero eclipsed Thierry Henry's record as the top scor­ing non-English player in the EPL by tak­ing his tally to 177 goals and also sur­passed Alan Shearer's league record for hat-tricks with his 12th since join­ing City from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

"He was a leg­end and the leg­end rises tonight," said Guardi­ola. "He is one of the most in­cred­i­ble play­ers I've seen in this league. "To score this amount of goals and hat-tricks means you have done for many, many years a lot of good things.

"You have to be con­sis­tent for many years so it's an in­cred­i­ble com­pli­ment to him."

The in­jury-hit hosts were with­out a recog­nised striker and first-choice goal­keeper af­ter Wes­ley and Tom Heaton were ruled out for the rest of the sea­son.

Mahrez on the mark

Or­jan Ny­land was beaten at his near post as Riyad Mahrez was al­lowed to cut onto his favoured left foot to open the flood­gates on 18 min­utes.

The Al­ge­rian's old Le­ices­ter team­mate Danny Drinkwa­ter was mak­ing his Villa de­but af­ter trou­bled spells at Chelsea and Burn­ley since leav­ing the Foxes.

His lack of match prac­tice was ex­posed for City's sec­ond as Drinkwa­ter was caught in pos­ses­sion in­side his own box by Gabriel Je­sus and the ball broke kindly for Mahrez to drill home his ninth goal of the sea­son.

Aguero then thumped home a third, although Ny­land could have got a stronger hand to the Ar­gen­tine's ef­fort.

All that was miss­ing from a com­plete City per­for­mance was a mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion from Kevin De Bruyne and the Bel­gian duly de­liv­ered with a won­der­ful curl­ing cross to set the fourth on a plate for Je­sus in first-half stop­page time.

City did not let up af­ter the break and could have made it many more than six as David Silva picked out Aguero to calmly slot home his record-break­ing goal.

The Ar­gen­tine's hat-trick ar­rived eight min­utes from time as he demon­strated his ar­ray of fin­ishes by this time blast­ing his past the help­less Ny­land.

An­war El Ghazi scored from the penalty spot in stop­page time, but it was lit­tle con­so­la­tion for Villa, who dropped into the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter Wat­ford's win at Bournemout­h ear­lier in the day.

(AFP)

Man City's Ser­gio Aguero cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Villa

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