Sergio Agüero will likely not have have to wait long to become Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer after edging within one of Erik Brook’s 78-year-old record.
Pep Guardiola’s City now look like the title challengers that most predicted and on Saturday proved far too much for struggling Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. The 5-0 win not only sent City above rivals Manchester United on goal difference but is a continuation of a prolific run of form that has seen them score 22 goals in the past five matches.
Agüero and strike partner Gabriel Jesus have been central to that but it was Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling with two that sent City comfortably clear. The Argentinian had chances but looked in no rush to break the record and was instead provider for Sterling’s second.
However, such is Agüero’s form at present that a goal is never far away and in the 79th minute, the 29-year-old headed in City’s fourth and number 176 for the club. It was also his 300th goal in senior football, adding to his totals with Independiente and Atlético Madrid.
Fabian Delph completed the rout to send City top as outright leaders and it is now only a matter of time for Agüero to take his place in the record books.
— SoccerNews (@KontenSingkat) September 24, 2017
In Portugal, Franco Cervi scored his first of the season as Benfica defeated Ferreira 2-0 to return to winning ways and remain five points adrift of Porto.
The 23-year-old was a busy presence in the Benfica attack and opened the scoring after 20 minutes, arriving on the edge of the box to lash Andrija Živković’s cut-back into the net.
Jonas wrapped up the points in the second half but it promises to be an important season for Cervi, who now must show the consistency to match his undoubted talent.
Facundo Ferreyra’s fine goal scoring record in Ukraine continued on Saturday with another two as Shakhtar Donetsk beat Zirka Kropyvnytskyi.
A close range tap-in and an outstanding diving header ensured that the champions led 3-1 at the break and took Chucky’s season tally to five.
Eventually running out 4-2 winners, Shakhtar sit two points clear at the top of the table.