City do not pay the penalty of Aguero's 2 misses
SERGIO Aguero brushed off
two missed penalties to score
a hat-trick as Manchester City outclassed Steaua Bucharest
5-0 on Tuesday in the first leg
of their Champions League play-off tie in Romania.
The result means that new City coach Pep Guardiola
can breathe a huge sigh of
relief as the Abu Dhabi-backed club have one foot in the lucrative group stage.
David Silva fired City into a 13th-minute lead either side of two failed spot-kicks from Aguero, before the Argentine atoned with the visitors'
second goal prior to half-time.
New signing Nolito scored
his first City goal early in the second half with Aguero netting twice more as Guardiola's side seized complete control ahead
of the return leg in Manchester
in eight days' time.
"We are almost in the Champions League. That was our target," Guardiola told BT Sport.
"It was a great performance, great attitudes.
"The result is amazing;
I am so satisfied with the way
we played - a big compliment
to these fantastic players."
England goalkeeper Joe Hart was again left on the bench,
with Nicolas Otamendi and
Pablo Zabaleta drafted into
Guardiola spoke of his desire to play a brand of football that will captivate the club's supporters, and the Spaniard
will have been delighted with
his side's performance as
they showed Steaua no mercy
in the second half.