Manchester City have moved to the top of the Premier League table with a dominant 6-1 victory over Huddersfield Town in Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero netted the first hat-trick of the new top-flight campaign, while Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and an own goal from Terence Kongolo also contributed to a heavy defeat for the visitors.
Jon Gorenc Stankovic – making his first appearance in 17 months due to a knee injury sustained at this ground – netted Huddersfield’s consolation goal, but David Wagner’s team face the prospect of a tough second season among English football’s elite.
Ederson fired a long pass to Aguero and after the Argentine had remained patient as he found a shooting position for himself, the ball was clipped over Hamer and a defender before finding the top corner of the net.
City added a second six minutes later through Jesus, who was perfectly placed to drill a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards after Benjamin Mendy had been prevented from entering the penalty area.
A third goal arrived shortly afterwards as Aguero converted from close range, but it was Hamer’s mistake which led to the striker converting from six yards after he had failed to claim a cross from Mendy.
City were already beginning to think about how many goals they could score against opponents who were offering nothing in the final third but just before the break, a long throw was flicked on by Mounie and Stankovic was able to reduce the deficit with a confident finish from close range.
Huddersfield needed to be able to take their momentum into the second half but within three minutes of the restart, City re-established their three-goal advantage as David Silva curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner of the net.
Aguero netted his treble, with Mendy picking out the run of his teammate who flicked the ball into the far corner from six yards out.
The intensity of the game had been dropping, but City were still able to add a sixth goal before the full-time whistle when Kongolo diverted the ball into his own net after Hamer had saved Leroy Sane’s close-range effort.