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Aguero on a new high after becoming City’s top scorer of all time

Napoli 2 Man City 4

By Matt McGeehan

Sergio Aguero is basking in the glory of becoming Manchester City’s all-time top goalscorer.

Aguero netted his 178th goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Napoli in the Champions League, taking him past Eric Brook’s long-standing record.

The Argentina international joined Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Raheem Sterling on the scoresheet as City booked their place in the knockouts.

Aguero said: “I am very happy for this moment, I am happy because the team offered support to me and the fans and staff, so I must say thank you to everyone.

“I am enjoying this moment, I am very happy, this moment has been a long time coming.”

City fell behind to Lorenzo Insigne’s early goal and then saw themselves pegged back by Jorginho’s penalty after Otamendi and Stones had put them ahead.

Aguero’s landmark goal restored their lead and Sterling made sure of the win at the death.

Aguero added: “Napoli are a good team, winning away in the Champions League is always difficult, so I am happy to win and to have qualified.

“We have to keep going the same way, every game we need to play the same way, we need to keep going because it is a long season.”

Napoli produced a number of good attacks in the opening quarter. It came as no surprise when Insigne fired them in front.

Dries Mertens had already tested Ederson twice and Marek Hamsik had also tried his luck from long range.

Hamsik was again involved before Insigne drove forward, played a one-two with Mertens and clipped a neat shot home.

The tide turned as Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan both had efforts deflected off target and the equaliser came when Otamendi met a cross with a firm header.

City carried the momentum into the second half and went ahead when Stones thumped in a header off the bar from a corner.

Napoli hit back as Insigne hit the woodwork and Leroy Sane was adjudged to have fouled Raul Albiol in the box. Jorginho stroked home the spot-kick.

Aguero then secured his place in City history and Sterling added a fourth in injury-time with a crisp, low finish.

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