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Aguero the hat-trick hero for Man City

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to inspire runaway leaders Manchester City to a 3-1 home victory over Newcastle in the Premier League yesterday.

The Argentina striker put City in front in the 34th minute before adding a second goal from the penalty spot in the 63rd.

Jacob Murphy briefly worried home fans when he pulled one back for Newcastle in the 67th, but Aguero found the net again with seven minutes remaining as City took their points tally to 65 from 24 games.

Second-place Manchester United, who are 12 points adrift of City, squeezed past Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor with a 54th-minute goal from Anthony Martial, while Paul Lambert celebrated his first game in charge of Stoke with a 2-0 victory against Huddersfield, thanks to goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf.

Elsewhere, turbocharged London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal warmed up in style for their midweek League Cup showdown by turning on the goal power.

Chelsea ended their recent struggles in front of goal with a 4-0 demolition of Brighton at the Amex Stadium. Hazard (2), Willian, and Victor Moses were on target as the defending champion climbed to third in the standings with 50 points from 24 games.

 

ARSENAL TO FACE CHELSEA

 

Arsenal host their capital city rivals in a League Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday after the first game between the two clubs ended goalless earlier this month. Like Chelsea, Arsenal also turned on the goals, thrashing Crystal Palace 4-1 at The Emirates to remain in sixth place on 42 points.

Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, and Alexandre Lacazette put the game beyond Palace before Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for the visitors.

Others results: Leicester 2 Watford 0; Everton 1 West Brom 1; West Ham 1 Bournemouth 1.