Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP)
Sergio Aguero signed on Sunday in style for Manchester City, scoring twice in a 5-0 battle for the Premier League champions against Everton.
City’s record goalscorer, who leaves the club after next week’s Champions League final, netted a brace after coming off the bench 25 minutes from time.
His efforts came on top of previous strikes from Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden as City showed no signs of slacking off ahead of the flagship clash against Chelsea in Porto.
Everton were overwhelmed by a moving opportunity, with City receiving the Premier League trophy and fans returning to the stadium after a 14-month absence due to coronavirus restrictions.
It was the first opportunity for the supporters to salute the champions and recognize their European achievements.
Ahead of the game, a large number of people spread out on the road as City’s coaches made what is normally a straightforward trip from the training complex to the stadium.
Only 10,000 were allowed inside the Etihad, but the atmosphere they generated inspired the team and few left before the post-match ceremonies, which included the club’s tributes to Aguero.
Everton formed an honor guard to greet City on the pitch and players on both sides then followed suit for Aguero.
Fans should wait to see the Argentine in action, however.
The forward, having been troubled by an injury in recent weeks, was not fit enough to play the full 90 minutes and had asked manager Pep Guardiola if he could leave the bench.
City, who were leading 3-0, sent Aguero with just under half an hour to go and he quickly made his mark.
The Argentinian made it 4-0 as he crossed the zone in the 71st minute and deftly passed the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with his right boot passing.
He claimed his second, and City’s fifth, shortly thereafter as he leaped from the edge of the zone to plant a header past Pickford on a Fernandinho cross.
He could even have had a hat trick by logging in with another header, but this time Pickford saved.
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