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Aguero hits hat-trick, breaks records as Man City trounce Aston Villa 6-1

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Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick to become the Premier League’s all-time leading overseas goalscorer as Manchester City hammered Aston Villa to leave Dean Smith’s men struggling in the relegation zone.

The Argentine took his tally to 177 league goals to surpass Thierry Henry’s mark as a brace from Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus’ strike helped earn a 6-1 win.

With Brazilian forward Wesley ruled out for the season, Dean Smith named an eleven without a recognised striker, partnering Jack Grealish and Anwar El Ghazi in a makeshift frontline.

As if to rub it in, Pep Guardiola named both Aguero and Jesus in his starting XI as part of six changes to the side that had beaten local rivals Manchester United in the EFL Cup in midweek.

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Even before kick-off, it had the makings of a long afternoon for the hosts, and their resistance lasted just 18 minutes before Mahrez breezed away from debutant Danny Drinkwater and steered in at the near post.

If Drinkwater, making only his second league start of the season, looked rusty on that occasion, it was nothing compared to his error a few minutes later, as a heavy touch inside his own penalty area allowed Mahrez to thunder home a second.

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Aguero made it three with a piledriver from range, though Orjan Nyland should have done better than his weak-wristed attempt at a save.

On the stroke of half-time it was four, Kevin De Bruyne bending in one of those ridiculous crosses that left Jesus no option but to find the back of the net.

Aguero got his second shortly before the hour mark, guiding into the bottom corner after being found by David Silva, while Jesus would have had his were it not for a crucial block from Tyrone Mings.

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Guardiola then had the luxury of resting several key men, with De Bruyne, Rodri and Fernandinho all withdrawn, while Sterling was not called off the bench.

City’s had clearly eased up, but a clanger from Kortney Hause still gifted Aguero the chance to win the match ball and he made no mistake.

There was finally some consolation for Villa in stoppage time as El Ghazi thudded home a superb spot kick after Ilkay Gundogan had fouled Trezeguet.

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JUST IN: Man City thrash Real Madrid 4-2 aggregate to qualify for quarterfinals

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Manchester City reached the Champions League quarter-finals after knocking out record 13-time winners Real Madrid.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, City extended their aggregate lead through Raheem Sterling’s close-range finish after Raphael Varane’s mistake.

Karim Benzema equalised on the night with a header but Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus made it 4-2 on aggregate after another shocking error by Varane.

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City will play Lyon in a one-off quarter-final tie on 15 August.

It is the third successive season Pep Guardiola’s side, who finished second in the Premier League table, have reached the last eight in Europe’s premier club knockout competition.

City, seeking to win the Champions League for the first time, have not reached the semi-finals since 2015-16, when they were knocked out by Real Madrid.

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JUST IN: Lyon dump Juventus out of Champions League

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Lyon on Friday dumped Juventus out of the Champions League despite losing 2-1 at the Old Lady.

CRISTIANO RONALDO has scored a double to give Juventus hope of an incredible comeback against Lyon after both teams were awarded very controversial penalties.

Memphis Depay put the French side in front with a panenka from the spot despite Rodrigo Bentancur appearing to tackle Houseem Aouar cleanly.

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But Depay himself was a victim of a bizarre decision as the ball struck his arm while it was by his side from a free-kick.

And Ronaldo struck again on the hour mark to leave Juve needing just one more goal to progress.

Lyon, however, sailed to on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate play.

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Nigerian basketball player, Michael Ojo is dead

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Nigerian-American basketball player, Michael Ojo has passed away after suffering a heart attack during training in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 27-year-old who previously played for Red Star Belgrade was reportedly having an individual practice at Partizan’s stadium when he collapsed on Friday, August 7.

Local media said he was rushed to the hospital from Partizan’s stadium but showed no signs of life and was confirmed dead.

“We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson Igor Vujicin told AFP.

The Lagos-born who was 7ft 1in tall and weighed 22st played for Florida State University in the United States, before starting his professional career in Belgrade, Serbia with FMP for a year after which he played two seasons for Crvena Zvezda.

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He won the 2018 ABA SuperCup as well as the ABA League and the Serbian League in 2019. Ojo was a free agent this summer.

Ojo had been without a club since June 30 but was training with Red Star.

Red Star Belgrade released a statement mourning the shocking loss of their former star.

“The sudden and shocking death of Michael Ojo has deeply affected everyone — players, coaches and the management of a club that accepted him from the first day, and that he considered his own,” Red Star said.

His former teammates and EuroLeague also extended condolences to Ojo’s family, teammates, coaches, “and many fans who enjoyed his performances”.

 

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