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Aguero hat-trick secures City win

Sergio Aguero scored a brilliant hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Wigan to overshadow completely the return of his compatriot Carlos Tevez to the Manchester City starting line-up.

Aguero was almost unplayable as he vied for the man-of-the-match honours with the equally impressive David Silva.

As for Tevez, his less-than-rapturous welcome from the City faithful was compounded by a feeble penalty miss.

Adam Johnson and Joleon Lescott wasted early City chances before Aguero grabbed his first on 13 minutes. Tevez and Silva combined to feed Aguero on the right of the area and he shot through Maynor Figueroa's legs into the far corner.

Figueroa's ball over the defence found Franco Di Santo who poked the ball past Joe Hart, but wide of the post too.

Tevez hardly endeared himself to the City fans further by having a weak penalty saved. Silva won the spot-kick, felled by a crazy lunge from Adrian Lopez, and though Aguero appeared to keen to take it, Tevez insisted.

Aguero bent a shot from the left just past the top corner and Micah Richards hit the underside of the crossbar after a Tevez through-ball. Lescott headed against the upright and then Yaya Toure rifled the rebound narrowly passed the other post as the chances kept coming.

With half-time looming, Hart denied Di Santo and Wigan might have equalised after the break when the impressive Victor Moses fed Hugo Rodallega and Hart did well to keep out his fierce drive.

Tevez was replaced by Samir Nasri and the Frenchman nudged a backheel from Silva into Aguero's path. The Argentine's perfectly-placed curling shot ended up nestling low in the corner of the net.

Aguero's hat-trick arrived in the 69th minute when Silva spun off his markers and delivered a gorgeous through-ball. Aguero kept his cool to beat keeper Ali Al Habsi.

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