Sergio Aguero scored an incredible five goals as Manchester City thrashed Newcastle United 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Man City 6 Newcastle Utd 1
- Mitrovic opens the scoring
- Aguero sweeps home the equaliser
- Aguero nets four more after break
- De Bruyne also on the scoresheet
The visitors opened the scoring through Aleksandar Mitrovic's first goal since his £13million move from Anderlecht, before Steve McClaren's side were pegged back just before the interval by Aguero.
Two goals from Aguero in three minutes after the break sealed his hat-trick and Belgian Kevin de Bruyne struck City's fourth on 53.
Aguero completed his masterclass – ensuring Manchester City would finish the day top of the Premier League – with two more strikes before the end.
Manchester City created the first chance of the match when Kevin de Bruyne's 20-yard free-kick was parried by Tim Krul and Newcastle managed to clear after a mass scramble.
However, City were made to pay for missed opportunities as Wijnaldum's pinpoint cross from the right was headed home by Mitrovic to put Newcastle ahead on 17 minutes.
Mitrovic almost added a second goal on 26 after the ball broke to him one-on-one with only the keeper to beat, but Joe Hart saved City's blushes.
The Premier League champions regained their composure before the break, with efforts from Fernando and Sergio Aguero flashing wide of goal.
And it was their star striker Aguero that made the pressure tell before half-time when David Silva knocked down a Fernandinho cross for the little Argentinian to steer home from close range.
Newcastle couldn't get anywhere near their first half performance in the second as Sergio Aguero and City tore them apart.
Aguero started the scoring straight after the break when his low shot hit the net via a slight deflection before adding another just two minutes later to complete his sixth City hat-trick.
De Bruyne got in on the fun as he lofted a volley beyond the helpless Krul, before the outstanding Aguero – who was replaced on 65 – helped himself to two more goals through a long-range curling shot and a tap in.
The result lifts City to the Premier League summit, two points ahead of neighbours Manchester United, who play Arsenal on Sunday.