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Agüero hits hat-trick as City swat aside Mönchengladbach

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 22.59CET
Sergio Agüero struck his second UEFA Champions League hat-trick in as many matches as Manchester City overpowered Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 in Group C.

Match statistics

Man. CityMönchengladbach

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts22
 
3
on target11
 
1
off target8
 
0
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
6
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
7
Passes561
 
415
completed506
 
348

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 22.59CET

Agüero hits hat-trick as City swat aside Mönchengladbach

Sergio Agüero struck his second UEFA Champions League hat-trick in as many matches as Manchester City overpowered Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 in Group C.

Sergio Agüero registered a second hat-trick in as many UEFA Champions League games this term as Manchester City claimed their seventh straight win of this embryonic Josep Guardiola era.

The hosts dominated the early exchanges and made home advantage count as Agüero scored twice in quick succession, the first a tap-in from close range and the second a 29th-minute spot kick after the lively Kevin De Bruyne had been tripped.

Agüero completed his treble in style after the restart, rounding Yann Sommer when clear. Kelechi Iheanacho notched a fourth in added time after combining with fellow substitute Leroy Sané.

At the other end Claudio Bravo had only two saves to make, one in each half, as Mönchengladbach struggled to break through an impressive City midfield featuring İlkay Gündoğan on his home debut.

The match was originally due to take place on Tuesday but was postponed for 24 hours due to adverse weather conditions.

Sergio Agüero's first hat-trick of the season ...

Key player: Sergio Agüero
İlkay Gündoğan and Fernandinho both deserve mentions but Agüero, inevitably, takes the prize as City's hat-trick hero. His first goal was an example of his sharpness and his hunger as he was first to Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant ball across from the left. His third strike was indicative of his cool head. He had just been foiled by Sommer but rounded him effortlessly to plunder his ninth goal from five outings this season.

Gündoğan hits the ground running
David Silva's absence would hurt any team but it is a measure of City's strength in depth that they were able to introduce debutant Gündoğan, who shone in the Spaniard's absence. The German had not played since suffering a dislocated kneecap in April but hit the ground running with a first-half display of energy and purpose, popping up in dangerous positions, drawing a couple of saves from Sommer and winning the penalty for the second goal. The hug he got from Guardiola upon leaving the field was richly deserved.

Agüero sets semi-final target for City

UEFA.com team reporter view

Simon Hart, Manchester City (@UEFAcomSimonH)
Guardiola said on Monday that City's efforts in his first six matches – all won – were "not enough" for a club with sights set on domestic and European titles. City will doubtless get better but for a team at the start of a new era, they are already producing some impressive football.

Their attacking quality was too much for Gladbach and they went at their opponents from the off, underlining the new intensity of a side guilty of lackadaisical football at times last term. As for André Schubert's visitors, on this evidence they will continue playing their positive football but it will not be easy in a group containing City and Barcelona.

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

mönchengladbach

Mönchengladbach

1
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta (C)
3
A. ChristensenAndreas Christensen
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution79
5
StroblTobias Strobl
8
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
Substitution81
6
KramerChristoph Kramer
Yellow Card27
Substitution38
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Goal9
Goal28
Goal77
Substitution83
8
DahoudMahmoud Dahoud
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
11
RaffaelRaffael
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
13
StindlLars Stindl (C)
Substitution81
17
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
17
WendtOscar Wendt
24
StonesJohn Stones
19
JohnsonFabian Johnson
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
28
HahnAndré Hahn
Substitution59
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Yellow Card48
30
ElvediNico Elvedi

Substitutes

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
21
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
4
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard
9
NolitoNolito
10
T. HazardThorgan Hazard
Substitution59
19
SanéLeroy Sané
Substitution79
16
TraoréIbrahima Traoré
Substitution81
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
Substitution81
23
J. HofmannJonas Hofmann
69
TasendeJose Tasende
24
JantschkeTony Jantschke
72
IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
Substitution83
Goal90+1
27
KorbJulian Korb
Substitution38

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) André Schubert (GER)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Mario Diks (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Danny Makkelie (NED), Pol van Boekel (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution