Manchester City 4-0 B M’gladbach

14 Sep

Sergio Aguero


Sergio Aguero now has nine goals in five matches this season

Sergio Aguero struck a second hat-trick of the season as Manchester City dominated Borussia Monchengladbach in their Champions League group opener.

In Pep Guardiola’s first group game in charge, Aguero pounced to prod in an Aleksandar Kolarov cross and added a penalty when Ilkay Gundogan was fouled.

He rounded the keeper for his third in front of around 32,000 fans, a figure hit by Tuesday’s postponement.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho completed the scoring, firing in from 12 yards.

Monchengladbach, who saw nearly half their fans fly home before kick-off due to the rearrangement, offered little and it seemed a matter of time before Aguero added another treble to the one he hit against Steaua Bucharest in qualifying.

Monchengladbach keeper Yann Sommer also produced two close-range saves to deny Aguero, as Pep Guardiola’s side fired 22 attempts at goal against a side that finished fourth in last season’s Bundesliga.

City’s Champions League record features two exits at the group stage, twice going out in the last-16 and a club-best semi-final place over five seasons.

Guardiola’s remit will be to take them further and his record of reaching at least the semi-finals in his seven Champions League campaigns – including two triumphs with Barcelona – offers hope for the club’s following.

Against Monchengladbach, his side were far from the pass-heavy machine he built in Catalonia – instead they were efficient, seeing less of the ball than their visitors in the first-half but using it slickly to carve out chances.

More to follow.

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 4, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester City 4, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tobias Strobl (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Goal! Manchester City 4, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Substitution, Manchester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Sergio Agüero.

Hand ball by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Substitution, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Ibrahima Traoré replaces Lars Stindl.

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

Foul by Julian Korb (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Raheem Sterling.

Offside, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

Goal! Manchester City 3, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Yann Sommer.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Tobias Strobl (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

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

Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Attempt missed. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

Offside, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Raffael tries a through ball, but Lars Stindl is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Thorgan Hazard replaces André Hahn.

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Foul by Andreas Christensen (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Foul by André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

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

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