Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their Champions League opener at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
- Manchester City 4 Borussia Monchengladbach 0
- Aguero brace gives hosts 2-0 lead at HT
- City dominate all aspects of the game
- Aguero completes hat-trick in second half
- Iheanacho rounds off the scoring late on
City took and an early lead when Aguero stabbed home a low cross from Aleksandar Kolarov in the eighth minute. The hosts continued to dominate the game and doubled their advantage when Aguero tucked home from the penalty spot on 28 minutes, after Ilkay Gundogan was brought down by Christoph Kramer.
The second half continued in the same vein and Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute when he received a through ball from Raheem Sterling, before Kelechi Iheanacho rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.
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Pep Guardiola’s side started the match on the front foot and took the lead in the eighth minute when Kolarov found space on left wing and delivered a low cross which was neatly tucked away by Aguero.
The hosts continued to attack and should have doubled their advantage in the 12th minute when Gundogan shot straight at Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer after neat build-up play that involved Kevin Bruyne and Aguero.
City were now in full control with the visitors struggling to keep up with the pace of game. Fernandinho was next to have an effort on goal, rifling a shot just wide of the target.
Just as the match started to settle down, Gladbach conceded a penalty when Kramer brought down Gundogan in the box, with Aguero dispatching the spot kick to make it 2-0 to City at the half-hour mark.
Gladbach’s only attempt on goal in the opening period came just before half-time when City keeper Claudio Bravo made a smart save low to his left from a Lars Stindl shot.
The first action of the second stanza saw Sommer deny Aguero his hat-trick as the keeper saved a shot from the Argentine striker after good work by Sterling.
Aguero, though, was not to be denied and completed his hat-trick with 13 minutes remaining when Sterling sent him clean through on goal to slot the ball past Sommer.
Nigerian forward Iheanacho completed the scoring in stoppage time when he found himself on the end of a Leroy Sane cross and rifled the ball past Sommer to complete an easy win.
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