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Man City enjoy 5-0 romp in Bucharest

dpadpa 16/08/2016

Sergio Aguero has scored a hat-trick to help Manchester City to a 5-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the opening leg of their Champions League playoff.

Sergio Aguero has nailed a hat-trick after missing two penalties in the opening 20 minutes, with Manchester City romping to a 5-0 win at Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.

David Silva and Nolito were also on target against the crestfallen former European champions who were spared even heavier defeat as the visitors hit the woodwork three times.

"We are almost in the Champions League. That was our target. It was a great performance, great attitudes," new coach Pep Guardiola said of the rout which marked his European debut with City.

"The result is amazing. I am so satisfied with the way we played - a big compliment to these fantastic players."

Playmaker Kevin de Bruyne was also talking up the win.

"It could have been eight or nine," he reckoned.

"In the end Sergio Aguero scored three goals. If you do that, nobody will complain about the two missed penalties."

Aguero's first shot was well saved by Steaua keeper Florin Nita. His second just 10 minutes later hit the crossbar and went over.

However Aguero soon made amends as the brittle local defence quickly fell apart.

City took the lead with Silva firing home after neat footwork by Raheem Sterling.

Aguero then finally found the target four minutes before halftime when he sidefooted the ball in from 18 metres following another chance created by Sterling.

New signing Nolito increased the lead four minutes after the restart, beating the offside trap to collect de Bruyne's pass and rounding Nita for his first goal since his move from Celta Vigo.

Aguero exchanged passes with Nolito before scoring the fourth with an angled drive and then raced through the defence to complete his hat-trick with a shot off the post.

In Tuesday's other first legs, Borussia Moenchengladbach won 3-1 at Young Boys - on a brace from Raffael plus a goal from Andre Hahn - while Copenhagen edged APOEL 1-0 on a goal just before half-time from Andrija Pavlovic.

"To win 1-0, without conceding at home, is a very good result for us," Pavlovic said.

"Things will be difficult for us in Cyprus (in the second leg) but I think we are in a good position to go through now, if we play well there."

Meanwhile, Ajax came from behind to draw 1-1 with Rostov, thanks to an equaliser from Davy Klaassen, while Dynamo Zagreb forced a 1-1 at home to Salzburg courtesy of a late leveller from Marko Rog.

The second legs will be played on August 24.

Wednesday will see five other playoff first legs, with Villarreal taking on Monaco and Porto hosting Roma.

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