City do not pay the penalty of Aguero's 2 misses



    Aug 18, 2016

    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

    the defence.

    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.