Try as they might Tottenham couldn’t find an answer for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero. The Argentine scored all four of City’s goals in the 4-1 victory over Spurs Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
City now pulls within two points of first-place Chelsea, and Aguero’s stunning display pulls him level with Diego Costa for the Premier League scoring lead with nine goals.
Tottenham were also forced to play with a man down after defender Federico Fazio held Aguero back and was sent off in the 67th minute. One minute later Aguero scored his third goal of the match on a penalty, and he’d cap his day in the 75th minute.
City drew four penalty shots, three of which Aguero took, converting two of them. Other than his two penalties, each of Aguero's goals reminded the rest of the league just how special a player he truly is. With City dicing up Tottenham's backline, Aguero patiently held ground inside the area, and swooped a right-footed shot past Hugo Lloris for the 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
In the 75th minute, Aguero acceptd a deep through ball down the right side of the field, and created some space from Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen for his final goal, this one a left-footed strike that trickled past Lloris.
Unfortunately for Spurs, they missed an opportunity to move into third place, just ahead of Southampton. Instead they’ll sit in sixth until the day’s action ends.
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen notched his squad’s only goal of the match. Fernando committed an egregious error in City’s territory, allowing Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason to slide in for the steal and start a fastbreak. Roberto Soldado then found Eriksen for a blistering shot that overpowered Joe Hart in the 15th minute to draw even.
But Agero quickly followed up by converting his first penalty of the day, after Frank Lampard drew a foul from Erik Lamela in the 18th. Unfortunately Lampard’s day was cut short after he was stretchered off in the 26th minute due to a thigh injury.