Sergio Aguero’s hattrick puts Pep Guardiola’s slick City top of Premier League

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their fifth goal and his third to complete his hattrick during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town. (AFP)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Sergio Aguero’s hattrick puts Pep Guardiola’s slick City top of Premier League

MANCHESTER: Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick, with one of the goals set up by his own goalkeeper, as Manchester City turned on the style in a 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield to claim top spot in the Premier League on Sunday.
High up on the highlight reel in the latest exhibition by City was a 70-meter pass from goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from his own penalty area that found Aguero running behind Huddersfield’s high line.
Aguero cut inside and chipped Huddersfield’s stranded ‘keeper Ben Hamer, setting City on its way to its second straight win to open the season. With eight goals already, it’s an ominous start by the defending champions.
City’s other scorers were Gabriel Jesus, who started up front alongside Aguero in a 3-5-2 formation, and long-serving playmaker David Silva, who curled in a delightful free kick. A miserable afternoon at Etihad Stadium for Huddersfield was wrapped up by Terence Kongolo’s 84th-minute own-goal.
It was Aguero’s ninth Premier League hat trick, bettered only by Alan Shearer’s 11. City began their title defense by beating Arsenal 2-0 away last weekend, and Pep Guardiola’s men are already looking ominous as they seek to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since their cross-city rivals United managed three in a row between 2006 and 2009.
Guardiola’s side are top already having scored eight goals in two games, conceding just one. Huddersfield, meanwhile, drop to the bottom of the standings on goal difference.


Andy Murray could make a return to the courts, says Mum Judy

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Andy Murray could make a return to the courts, says Mum Judy

  • Murray's Mum claims it is not beyond the realms of possibility that three-time Grand Slam champion could get back to the top.
  • Murray has had surgery on his problematic hip in a bid to save career.

LONDON: Andy Murray is currently recovering from his hip surgery, and his mother, Judy Murray, thinks the two-time Wimbledon champion still has a chance of making a return.
Murray announced last month at the Australian Open that he would compete in the season's first Grand Slam but might never be able to play again. He lost in the first round in Melbourne and had hip resurfacing surgery about two weeks ago.
Judy Murray, Andy's mum and former coach, said that she doesn't think her son is done just yet.
"I don't think we know anything, for sure nobody does," Murray said at the Rio Open.


"But I know that he would do everything that he possibly can to give himself a chance to play again.
"I think he had the same operation as Bob Bryan after the US Open, and he was playing doubles again, at Australian Open. But doubles is a very different physical proposition as singles. I think, right now, (we have to) wait and see."
When Andy Murray made his surprise announcement ahead of the Australian Open, he said he would at least like to keep playing until Wimbledon — the tournament he won in 2013 to become the first British male champion at the All England Club in 77 years.
Murray won the Wimbledon title again in 2016, as well as winning one US Open title and two Olympic gold medals. He was also ranked No. 1 in the world for 41 weeks.
Judy Murray said she thinks her son is still struggling with the idea of never playing again. If he sees a chance to return, he will take it, she said.
"I think he will, (but) I think he's aware that it might not be possible.”