Premier League, Etihad Stadium – Manchester City 6 (Aguero 42, 29, 50, 60, 62, De Bruyne 54) Newcastle United 1 (Mitrovic 17)
Sergio Aguero rewrote the Premier League history books in quite astonishing style by bludgeoning poor Newcastle with five quickfire goals in a 6-1 annihilation that sent Manchester City back to the top of the table. Aguero netted five times in 20 minutes either side of half-time against Steve McClaren’s team to beat the mark set by Jermain Defoe, who needed 36 minutes to score his five against Wigan in 2009. In the history of Europe’s leading four leagues – England, Germany, Italy and Spain – only two players have been than faster than the Argentina forward: Robert Lewandowski recently for Bayern Munich (nine minutes) and Kubala (19 minutes) for Barcelona in 1952.
Defoe, Dimitar Berbatov, Andy Cole and Alan Shearer are the only other men to manage the feat since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.
Aleksandar Mitrović scored the opening goal for McClaren’s side on 17 minutes, but they paid a heavy price for blowing several obvious chances as Aguero headed the equaliser on 42 minutes before adding further sublime efforts on 49, 50, 60 and 62 minutes. He departed the scene to be replaced by Wilfried Bony on 66 minutes amid scenes of hero worship.
The exceptional Kevin De Bruyne also scored a wonderful hooked volley coming over his shoulder on 54 minutes to help ensure City move two points clear of Manchester United before their city rivals visit Arsenal on Sunday. Newcastle are bottom of the standings with three points from eight outings. Without a win so far this season, they already look like relegation fodder.