English Premiership

Aguero magic for City

2011-09-10 18:33
Sergio Aguero (Getty Images)

Manchester - Sergio Aguero hit a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City warmed up for their Champions League debut by defeating Wigan 3-0 at Eastlands on Saturday.

Argentina international Aguero made it six goals in four league games since joining from Atletico Madrid as Roberto Mancini's side maintained their 100 percent winning start to the campaign.

City make their Champions League bow at home to Napoli on Wednesday, and the Italians are in for a tough game if Mancini's side can repeat this performance.

Wigan were fortunate to escape lightly as Carlos Tevez also missed a penalty, while Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany both rattled the woodwork.

Fortunately for Mancini, Aguero was not so wasteful in front of goal.

Little has gone wrong for City on the pitch this season yet the world's richest club found themselves engulfed in controversy behind the scenes in the build up to Wigan's visit.

Chief executive Garry Cook resigned on the eve of the match amid claims he emailed City defender Nedum Onuoha's cancer-suffering mother mocking her illness.

Yet City, who had Kolo Toure on the bench after he served a six-month ban for failing a drugs test, are back in the headlines for the right reasons thank to Aguero.

They were ahead as early as the 13th minute, yet could have been three up before they made the breakthrough.

Adam Johnson was presented with a glorious chance to mark his return to the side with a goal, but the unmarked England winger fired wastefully over the bar following Gael Clichy's fifth-minute cross.

Then Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi produced a fine save to keep out David Silva's 20-yard effort in the 10th minute before defender Joleon Lescott headed another chance over the bar from point-blank range.

Wigan were unbeaten in the previous seven league games.

Yet their defence finally cracked as Aguero fired through the legs of Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa following an impressive move involving Tevez and Silva.

Tevez was then presented with an opportunity to mark his first league start with a goal when Wigan defender Adrian Lopez fouled Silva in the 17th minute.

However, Al Habsi saved comfortably as the Argentina striker spurned the chance to double the lead with a weak effort from the spot.

City continued to dominate yet were twice denied by the woodwork in the space of eight minutes before half-time.

A defence-splitting pass by Tevez left Richards with only the keeper to beat but the defender could only hit the underside of the bar before Kompany headed against the post.

City stepped up the tempo after the interval and Aguero completed his hat-trick with two goals in the space of six minutes.

The hosts were thankful to keeper Joe Hart for denying Hugo Rodallega before substitute Samir Nasri marked his home debut by teeing up Aguero to tuck home his second in the 63rd minute.

And the forward completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute with a neat finish following Silva's delicious pass.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn
Fixtures
29 November 2014
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, The Hawthorns 14:45
Liverpool v Stoke City, Anfield 17:00
West Ham United v Newcastle United, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Swansea City v Crystal Palace, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Hull City, Old Trafford 17:00
Burnley v Aston Villa, Turf Moor 17:00
Sunderland v Chelsea, Stadium of Light 19:30
30 November 2014
Southampton v Manchester City, St. Mary's Stadium 15:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, White Hart Lane 18:00
02 December 2014
Leicester City v Liverpool, King Power Stadium 21:45
Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers, Liberty Stadium 21:45
Manchester United v Stoke City, Old Trafford 21:45
Burnley v Newcastle United, Turf Moor 21:45
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, Selhurst Park 22:00
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United, The Hawthorns 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.