Aguero scores hattrick as City run riot
FA Premier League
Sunday 10 May 2015, 13.30 KO
City: Hart (c), Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Fernandinho (Toure 73), Lampard (Bony 62), Milner (Navas 81), Silva, Aguero
Unused: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Dzeko
Goals: Aguero (3, 49, 64 [pen]), Kolarov (31), Milner (69), Silva (86)
Referee: Mike Dean
Man of the match: Aguero
After an impressive away win at White Hart Lane, City hosted QPR in what was essentially a do or die game for Chris Ramsey's men. After "that" game almost three years ago, it was a similar predicament for the away side, who were staring relegation in the face after a streak of poor results.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini named an unchanged starting XI, with Sergio Aguero again leading the line on his own. With the extra man, City controlled midfield, with Frank Lampard and Fernandinho both excelling.
The Blues soon took the lead courtesy of the marvellous Aguero, who went on a mazy run before clipping the ball over the onrushing Rob Green to give Pellegrini's side a perfect start. City continued to control the game, and found themselves two goals up on the half hour. Aleksandr Kolarov, who has had a mini resurgence in recent weeks, fired in a free kick from thirty yards.
It was the perfect first half for City, who limited an abject Rangers side to minimal chances. City continued to dominate after the break, and Aguero finished neatly past Green for his second goal of the game following a slip by Suk-Young.
QPR heads had dropped, and City ruthlessly took full advantage. They were awarded a penalty as Silva was adjudged to have been pulled down in the box, and in truth it could have resulted in a red card. It mattered little, as Aguero stepped up, and fired his penalty to the left to complete an impressive hattrick.
Wilfried Bony came onto the pitch for the impressive Frank Lampard, and soon helped to create a goal for James Milner. The Ivorian won the initial header from a corner, before Aguero selflessly squared the ball to give Milner a tap in.
Despite being five up, City continued to press for more, with Bony hitting the post from twenty yards, before David Silva finally made it six. The Spaniard ran on to a delightful back heel from Bony, before rounding Green to complete the rout.
It was a wonderful performance from City who have played their way into form in the last few weeks, but also a woeful performance from QPR, who deservedly found themselves relegated after the game.