Manchester City thumped Huddersfield Town go to top of the Premier League on goal difference and. The blues were held to a goalless draw in the corresponding fixture last season, but a Sergio Aguero hat-trick ensured there would be no repeat.
The Argentine opened the scoring after 25 minutes, taking a glorious pass from keeper Ederson before chipping over the advancing Huddersfield goalkeeper. Six minutes later, Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 with a strike from the edge of the area and Aguero made it three 4 minutes later. Town pulled a goal back when Jon Gorenc Stankovic prodded home just before half time, but City continued where they left off in the second half. David Silva, who earlier had proudly paraded his baby son as mascot, made it 4-1 with a brilliant free kick before Aguero completed his hat-trick with a deft flick from Benjamin Mendy’s accurate cross. Terence Kongolo compounded The Terriers day when he put through his own goal to make it 6-1.
Earlier in the week, it was confirmed assist king Kevin de Bruyne would be out for around three months and questions were asked as to whether the blues would cope without him. Those questions were answered by half time of his first game out as the blues threatened to run riot. The writing was on the wall though for the visitors early in as Mounie sliced a clearance onto his own crossbar and Aguero’s follow-up shoved was brilliantly saved by Hamer.
But the Argentine was not to be denied, but the assist came from an unlikely source. Goalkeeper Ederson launched a pinpoint 80 yard pass which found Aguero. The Argentine controlled well, then drew the keeper before chipping the ball over him and into the goal. City had failed to score in their last four meetings at home to Huddersfield, but the floodgates soon opened. Six minutes later, it was 2-0 as Gabriel Jesus struck home a powerful left foot shot from just inside the area for his first of the season.
Huddersfield fans would be forgiven for thinking a repeat of the 10-1 scoreline from 1987 was on the cards when Aguero made it 3-0 with 35 minutes gone. Mendy’s cross in looked like it should have been a simple take for the keeper, but Hamer spilled the ball and Aguero made him pay by poking in from close range.
City conceded their first goal of the season when Stankovich prodded home two minutes before half time, but it would prove to be nothing more than a consolation.
Three minutes after the break, David Silva marked his 250th match for the blues with a goal. Before the match, Silva presented his baby son Mateo to the crowd. The son of Merlin was born prematurely and spent the first five months of his life in hospital, before finally being allowed home. It was a touching moment for the City genius, and he capped off a brilliant day with a superb free kick to make it 4-1. It was going in from the moment it left his foot and it simply flew into the top corner.
Fifteen minutes from time, another Mendy cross was met by Aguero, who flicked the ball into the back of the net. The Argentine had twice already been denied a treble, hitting the woodwork then having another shot saved by Hamer. Manager Pep Guardiola was about to take the striker off and now will be thankful the substitution was delayed. With six minutes to go, Aguero’s eventual substitute Leroy Sane outpaced the Town defence and burst into the area. His attempted cross was met by the unfortunate Kongolo, who diverted the cross into the back of his own goal to make it 6-1.
It was a superb performance by the blues, who now sit at the top of the table on goal difference from Chelsea. Strangely enough, both the blues and the Londoners have played exactly the same opposition in the first two weeks of the season and both came out on top. There will obviously be more difficult games as the season progresses, but the statistics don’t bode well for the rest of the division. City had 32 shots throughout the match, with 14 of those on target, while the blues had around 77% possession.
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