Champions League - Qualifying Play-off - 1st Leg
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Steaua Bucharest 0-5 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero scored his eighth Manchester City hat-trick

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off.

Aguero also missed two penalties - the first saved and second powered over - either side of David Silva's opener.

Striker Aguero stroked in his first goal to make it 2-0 and added two more after Nolito scored City's third.

The second leg is in Manchester on Wednesday, 24 August, with the winners reaching the group stage.

Relive the action from Bucharest

A tale of two Agueros

In the end, it was a satisfying night for Argentine frontman Aguero after two missed spot-kicks in the first half. All three goals he scored were different:

  • First: A beautifully rolled shot finds the bottom corner from outside the area
  • Second: Excellent interplay with Nolito before firing across the goalkeeper and into the net
  • Third: Back to goal, turns and runs at the defence and slams home
Sergio Aguero
Penalty one: Seeing Florin Nita dancing on his line, Aguero decided to go low to the goalkeeper's right, but he guessed the right way
Sergio Aguero
Penalty two: Power over finesse. Aguero thought putting his foot through the ball for the second spot-kick was a better idea, but watched it sail high over the crossbar

City slickers dominate

City were in total control of the match and outclassed their Romanian opponents.

Summer signing Nolito twice struck the woodwork, as well as netting his first City goal by rounding the goalkeeper following Kevin de Bruyne's inch-perfect pass.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart was left out once again, with boss Pep Guardiola preferring Willy Caballero. But, despite having to rush off his line in the early stages to clear the ball, the Argentine was a spectator for the remainder of the game.

The plane carrying City staff to Romania was evacuated after smoke was seen in the cabin, but there was no scare for the players on the pitch and it will need a calamitous collapse in the second leg to stop them from advancing.

Sterling back on the rise

Question marks were raised over Raheem Sterling's performances in his first season at City after becoming the most expensive English player ever following a £49m transfer from Liverpool.

The winger also bore the brunt of England's criticism at Euro 2016 and a petition was even set up to bring the player back home from France.

But the 21-year-old has started this season full of confidence, earning a penalty in the opening 10 minutes in Bucharest, just as he did against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

Aguero failed to convert this time, but Sterling's pressing panicked Steaua defender Alin Tosca into making a mistake, before keeping his cool to lay the ball into the path of Silva for the opener and then cushioning the ball for Aguero's first.

Man of the match - Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero
Not often a player who misses two penalties gets the man of the match award

What next?

City travel to Stoke on Saturday (kick-off 12:30 BST) in the Premier League before next week's second leg against Steaua Bucharest.

Line-ups

Steaua Bucharest

  • 1Nita
  • 44Enache
  • 4TamasBooked at 86mins
  • 13ToscaBooked at 58mins
  • 15Momcilovic
  • 20AchimSubstituted forBourceanuat 45'minutes
  • 11MuniruSubstituted forPopescuat 67'minutes
  • 77Popa
  • 10Stanciu
  • 5Hamroun
  • 14GolubovicSubstituted forTudorieat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 3Mitrea
  • 9Tudorie
  • 12Cojocaru
  • 19Aganovic
  • 23Popescu
  • 24Popescu
  • 55Bourceanu

Man City

  • 13Caballero
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forSagnaat 70'minutes
  • 30Otamendi
  • 24Stones
  • 11KolarovBooked at 53minsSubstituted forClichyat 75'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 7Sterling
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forRegesat 79'minutes
  • 9Nolito
  • 10Agüero

Substitutes

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 6Reges
  • 15Navas
  • 18Delph
  • 22Clichy
  • 72Iheanacho
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
45,327

Match Stats

Home TeamSteaua BucharestAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home8
Away24
Shots on Target
Home2
Away12
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Steaua Bucharest 0, Manchester City 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Steaua Bucharest 0, Manchester City 5.

Goal!

Goal! Steaua Bucharest 0, Manchester City 5. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Booking

Gabriel Tamas (Steaua Bucharest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nolito (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Steaua Bucharest).

Offside, Steaua Bucharest. Alin Tosca tries a through ball, but Jugurtha Hamroun is caught offside.

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Manchester City).

Jugurtha Hamroun (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nolito (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

Adrian Popa (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernando replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Goal!

Goal! Steaua Bucharest 0, Manchester City 4. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nolito.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy replaces Aleksandar Kolarov.

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Alin Tosca (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Alexandru Bourceanu (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Steaua Bucharest. Alexandru Bourceanu tries a through ball, but Alexandru Tudorie is caught offside.

Nolito (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gabriel Enache (Steaua Bucharest).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bacary Sagna replaces Pablo Zabaleta.

Nolito (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexandru Bourceanu (Steaua Bucharest).

Substitution

Substitution, Steaua Bucharest. Ovidiu Popescu replaces Sulley Muniru.

Attempt missed. Sulley Muniru (Steaua Bucharest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Steaua Bucharest. Conceded by John Stones.

Attempt blocked. Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Alexandru Bourceanu (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Alin Tosca (Steaua Bucharest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Tuesday 16th August 2016

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