Aguero Shatters Premier League Records With Latest Hat-Trick
Sergio Aguero became the Premier League’s top scoring foreign player with a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 to move ahead of Leicester into second in the table.
His 12th treble also sees him overtake England legend Alan Shearer with whom he was tied on eleven in the Premier League history.
An injury-hit Villa were blown away by three goals in 10 first-half minutes as Riyad Mahrez struck twice before Aguero’s blast into the top corner from outside the area.
Gabriel Jesus added a fourth before halftime and Aguero added two more in the second half to surpass Thierry Henry as the top scoring overseas player in Premier League history with 177 goals.
El Ghazi scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time, but it was little consolation for Villa, who dropped into the relegation zone after Watford’s win at Bournemouth earlier in the day.
City boss Pep Guardiola could afford the luxury of recalling Jesus and Aguero among six changes to the side that also outclassed Manchester United in midweek to put one foot in the final of the League Cup.
Villa could be their opponents at Wembley on March 1 as they held Leicester 1-1 in the first leg of their semifinal on Wednesday, but on this evidence they would be powerless to stop City lifting the trophy for a third straight season.