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Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Monchengladbach: Aguero hat trick leads Sky Blues to victory over Die Fohlen

Published 14/09/2016

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with team-mates after scoring his second during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates with team-mates after scoring his second during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (R) celebrates with team mate Raheem Sterling as he scores their second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City reacts to a challenge from Tobias Strobl of Borussia Moenchengladbach during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo during the Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Ilkay Gundogan congratulates Sergio Aguero of Manchester City after scoring his teams opener during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaks with John Stones during the Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Supporters arrive prior to the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A vender poses with a matchday programme prior to the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Match officials inspect the pitch as heavy rain continues to pour ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on September 13, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Heavy rain before the Champions League match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PA
No go: torrential rain left the areas around the Etihad Stadium unsafe

Manchester City have beaten Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their Champions League Group C tie.

Sergio Aguero scored his second hat-trick of the season as City overpowered the German club in their delayed opener.

Kelechi Iheanacho also got on the scoresheet late on as City made up for lost time after torrential rain washed out the first attempt to play the fixture at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Aguero, who is currently suspended from domestic action, opened the scoring after nine minutes, added a second from the penalty spot and completed his treble after 77 minutes before Iheanacho added a fourth.

It was another highly convincing performance by City, who did not even seem to get into top gear as they cruised to a seventh successive win under Pep Guardiola.

City, much like last weekend's derby against Manchester United, were superb in the first half, with their movement quick and passing crisp and this time maintained their domination for longer.

Ilkay Gundogan, making his debut after David Silva dropped out of the side named for the original game as a precaution, immediately looked the part. The German, playing his first game since suffering a knee injury in April, drove City forward and linked well with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

City wasted no time in taking the lead, with Aleksandar Kolarov driving a good low ball into the box and Aguero pouncing in typically clinical fashion from close range.

Further damage seemed likely as Fernandinho released De Bruyne with an incisive through ball and Aguero teed-up Gundogan but goalkeeper Yann Sommer beat away his shot.

Gundogan then turned provider for Sterling but Sommer took the sting out of the England winger's drive and Tobias Strobl cleared.

Aguero gave City a scare when he seemed to suffer a knee injury after a collision with Nico Elvedi but he opted to continue after treatment.

His decision was soon vindicated with a second goal as he struck from the spot after Gundogan was tripped on the edge of the area by Christoph Kramer.

Borussia were being completely outplayed and coach Andre Schubert took Kramer off after 38 minutes.

The visitors then enjoyed their best spell with Lars Strindl bringing a good save out of Claudio Bravo just before the interval.

City went back on the offensive after the break and confusion in the Borussia box handed Aguero a chance but Sommer palmed over the crossbar. De Bruyne also tested the keeper with a low drive.

Sterling seemed certain to make it 3-0 after being sent clear by De Bruyne but delayed his shot and Sommer blocked.

But Aguero was not to be denied his hat-trick and showed great composure to guide the ball around Sommer and tap home.

He was replaced seven minutes from time to a huge ovation and his replacement Iheanacho rifled in a fourth in time added on.



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