BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Sergio Aguero became the most successful foreign scorer in Premier League history with a record-breaking hat trick. Manchester City beat Aston Villa 6-1 and took second place on Sunday.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores the hat trick with his sixth goal. Action pictures via Reuters / Carl Recine
The Argentinian striker scored the third, fifth and sixth goal when City in Villa Park rioted and raised his league to 177, two more than Frenchman Thierry Henry for Arsenal and fourth with Frank Lampard on the all-time list.
Slick City's resounding victory, in which Riad Mahrez also scored twice and Gabriel Jesus once, meant that they moved over Leicester City and reduced Liverpool's lead to 14 points, although Liverpool have played less so far.
While Liverpool looks unstoppable, City showed the devastating attacking football that made them England's most eye-catching team on their day.
It was also a day for 31-year-old Aguero, who signed for City in 2011 to confirm his status as one of the best imports ever played in England's top league.
With a hat trick in the 12th Premier League, he beat Alan Shearer's 11, with whom he had shared the record.
"Aguero is a legend and the legend rose tonight," said city manager Pep Guardiola. "I think he's one of the most incredible players I've seen in this league.
“The team is proud. We congratulated him in the locker room, because to achieve this amount of goals and hat tricks you have done many good things for many years. It has been consistent for many, many years. "
While the day belonged to Aguero, it was Mahrez who got City under control with the first two goals.
After 18 minutes, Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland caught his dribble and shoot and six minutes later, after Villa Debutante Danny Drinkwater had taken possession of the ball, the Algerian struck again from close range.
In the 28th minute, Aguero and Villa were ready to make the decision when he had too much time to crack a shot through Nyland's hands.
It was 4-0 at half-time when Kevin De Bruyne advanced to the right and delivered an excellent pass that got Villa's defense out and gave Jesus the opportunity to get in.
Villa had fallen into the relegation zone before kick-off after Watford won in Bournemouth and the afternoon was expected to get worse in the second half.
A razor-sharp aguero moved away from Henry when he danced with his right foot in the 58th minute and rammed his third goal home after 81 minutes.
Villa, who fell to third place from below, failed to score until they were fined after lkay Gundogan's overthrow Trezeguet.
Anwar El Ghazi put it away with the last kick of the game, but it barely produced a smile.
"It was a cleaning experience," said Villa Manager Dean Smith. "We know that they are a top-notch team, but some of the goals we set were terrible … We are embarrassed about some of the goals we picked today."
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Cut by Toby Davis