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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Pep Guardi­ola hailed Ra­heem Ster­ling af­ter the Eng­land for­ward struck a quick­fire hat­trick in Manch­ester City’s 5-1 Cham­pi­ons League de­mo­li­tion of Atalanta.

Ster­ling struck three times in 11 min­utes af­ter Ser­gio Aguero had ear­lier net­ted twice to can­cel out Rus­lan Mali­novskyi’s penalty opener at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

The re­sult took City five points clear at the top of Group C and within touch­ing dis­tance of the last 16 with three games still to play.

There were down­sides for City with Phil Fo­den sent off and Ro­dri in­jured, but Ster­ling’s scin­til­lat­ing dis­play, which in­cluded pro­vid­ing the as­sist for Aguero’s first and win­ning the penalty for his sec­ond, stole the head­lines.

City boss Guardi­ola said: “All the credit is for him. He’s a guy whose phys­i­cal­ity is in­cred­i­ble. He is so strong.

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