Sergio Agüero scored a record-breaking 12th Premier League hat-trick of his career to help ​Manchester City cruise to a 6-1 win over Aston Villa and move back into second place in the Premier League table.


Pep Guardiola's side opened the scoring inside the opening minutes thanks to a stunning solo goal from Riyad Mahrez before the Algerian doubled City's lead after some sloppy defensive play from the hosts.


Agüero made it three with a fantastic long-range strike to move level with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on the Premier League's all-time goalscoring charts, while Gabriel Jesus added a fourth just before the half-time whistle.

Sergio Aguero

Agüero scored his second of the match at the start of the second half and he completed his hat-trick with just ten minutes left on the clock - setting a new Premier League record with his 12th hat-trick in the top flight.


Villa managed to save face slightly when İlkay Gündoğan conceded a last-minute penalty, which Anwar El Ghazi just about sent beyond the reach of Ederson with the last kick of the game.


ASTON VILLA


Key Talking Point


It hasn't been all doom and gloom since Wesley's injury against Burnley, but Villa's attempts to play with a false nine for the third game in a row unsurprisingly fell apart against City.


Villa hardly broke into Manchester City's final third throughout the game, but makeshift forwards Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish were helpless in their efforts to create any kind of chance.

Jack Grealish

The hosts tried to offset their lack of impact in the final third by switching to a back three, but Dean Smith's side still showed the same defensively fragility that has crippled them over the last few weeks.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Nyland (4); Konsa (5), Hause (4), Mings (5); Drinkwater (4), Hourihane (5), Elmohamady (4), Luiz (5), Taylor (4); Grealish (5*), El Ghazi (5).


Substitutes: Nakamba (5), Trezeguet (5), Lansbury (6).


STAR PLAYER Sorry Villa fans, but we've got to write something here...


Danny Drinkwater was able to get an assist to his name - albeit by setting up one of City's goals - but unfortunately that wasn't enough for the former Premier League winner to stand out as Villa's best player.


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Grealish showed the odd moment of quality, but really it would be a massive disservice to Aston Villa fans to even suggest that any single one of their players deserved their wages this weekend.


MANCHESTER CITY


Key Talking Point


Manchester City were outstanding. Aston Villa were awful. Not too much else we have to discuss here, is there?

Gabriel Jesus

To City's tremendous credit, the visitors still had to show they could finish off the chances they were being gift wrapped by Villa, and Guardiola's side put in an attacking performance reminiscent of their best form last season.


The title race is done and dusted, but City do still have the perfect platform to build on for next season.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Ederson (8); Cancelo (8), Fernandinho (7), Stones (7), Mendy (7); Rodri (7) De Bruyne (8), Silva (7); Mahrez (9*), Aguero (9), Jesus (8).


Substitutes: Otamendi (6), Foden (6), Gundogan (5).


STAR PLAYER - Yes, Agüero scored a hat-trick. It was a record-breaking hat-trick too. But someone else who now won't get the headlines also impressed more than most at Villa Park.


He hasn't always been flavour of the month at City, but Riyad Mahrez reminded everyone why he was the real catalyst behind Leicester City's title success in 2016 - and why he can do the same under Guardiola.


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Villa looked like they'd gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson after Mahrez single-handedly won the match for City inside the opening 25 minutes, and the Algerian continued to torment the hosts throughout the rest of the match.


Looking Ahead


City will look to get their third win in a row when they host Crystal Palace next week, while Villa will try to climb out of the relegation zone when they travel to Brighton.


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