Aguero hits double in perfect Etihad send off as Man City thrash Everton
Sergio Aguero was given a standing ovation and scored twice in his final match at the Etihad as Manchester City strolled to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Everton in their Premier League finale.
The club legend bagged two in the space of six second-half minutes after coming on as a substitute to a standing ovation. Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden scored the other goals but it was all about the Argentinian.
Aguero started on the bench while Kevin De Bruyne returned to the starting line-up after sitting out the last three games. And the South American received a guard of honour from his team-mates after Everton had given the champions their own tribute.
In total, Guardiola made five changes, with Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres all missing out. Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus came in for Citizens.
Everton were without Yerry Mina while Seamus Coleman was on the bench – Mason Holgate and Tom Davies got the nod. The Toffees made a bright start, with both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin making Ederson work.
But it was the hosts who went ahead on 11 minutes through Bruyne. The Belgian made space for himself before firing into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
And just three minutes later they were two goals to the good. A quick break saw Gabriel Jesus in the box with just Ben Godfrey to beat.
The Brazilian cut inside before angling the ball past Jordan Pickford. At times it loked like men against boys and De Bruyne made Pickford work hard to keep it at just 2-0.
The England keeper needed a strong hand to keep out his effort. But the Merseysiders then received a lifeline as they were awarded a penalty when Ruben Dias brought down Richarlison.
However, Ederson guessed the right way and saved Sigurdsson’s effort. Riyad Mahrez nearly made it three just before the break but his shot rattled the bar.
It did not take too long for the third to come after the restart as Phil Foden bagged on 53 minutes. Sterling found his young team-mate who made no mistake for inside the box.
Then the moment everyone had been waiting for as Aguero made his final Etihad appearance replacing Mahrez on 65 minutes.
And he did not disappoint, with a goal on 71 minutes. Fernandinho won the ball, fed his tea-mate who found the bottom corner.
And five minutes later he made it 5-0 with an unstoppable pinpoint header.
Full report to follow…
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