Manchester City demolished Steaua Bucharest 0-5 in the first leg of the Champion’s League playoffs, thereby all but confirming their spot for the final draws before the group stage.
Argentine forward Sergio Aguero missed two penalties in the first 20 minutes, but still went on to score a hat trick in a pretty one sided affair. David Silva and new recruit Manuel Agudo Nolito were the other scorers in the goal fest.
The game saw both sides enjoy equal possession, but Manchester City looked untouchable as they dominated every other aspect of the game. David Silva opened the scoring in the 13th minute after a cutting pass from Raheem Sterling, as he drove a low shot under the Bucharest keeper.
Sergio Aguero missed two successive penalties in the 7th and the 20th minute, with the first being saved by Nita and the second soaring above the crossbar into the crowd. However, he made up for the misses by scoring three later in the match, in the 41st, 78th and 89th minute.
Spanish forward Nolito scored minutes after the second half kicked off, in the 49th minute.
The game, which took to the headlines after Yaya Toure was dropped from the squad, all but finalized a spot for Pep Guardiola’s side in the Champion’s League this year. Bucharest looked pretty toothless in their attack, with a few rash tackles thrown in between.
City shall host Steaua Bucharest in the return leg at the Etihad on 25 August.