Only a matter of weeks ago Sergio Agüero was reportedly unhappy with his lack of opportunities in big games but injury to Gabriel Jesus has made the Argentine Manchester City’s undoubted first choice striker and Agüero backed this up with an impressive brace on Saturday as City came from behind to beat Burnley and progress in the FA Cup.
A John Stones mistake let in Ashley Barnes to give Burnley a surprise lead but two Agüero goals in two second half minutes swiftly turned the tie on its head.
A quickly-taken free kick released Agüero for his first and a delightful Ilkay Gundogan back-heel slipped in the club’s top scorer to round Nick Hope and add a second.
Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva notched a third and fourth to complete the victory, sending City into the next round and extending the club’s unbeaten domestic run to 26 matches.
Pep Guardiola has always been full of praise for Agüero despite the rumours that the striker wasn’t a good fit and after Kun’s latest brace, the Spaniard added: “Both goals were amazing – the finishing, and the assists. The first one was clever and quick, and the second one was a magnificent assist, then the dribbling and good finishing.
“I have to say is an honour to have Sergio under my command.
“He is the kind of player who always wants to play, so I can understand that sometimes he is sad when he doesn’t play, but I want him to be happy.”
Diego Costa’s goal and red card understandably took the headlines in Atlético Madrid’s 2-0 win over Getafe but Ángel Correa was also on target as Diego Simeone’s side closed the gap on Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Slipped in by Antoine Griezmann, Correa superbly steered the ball past goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez with the outside of his right boot and after scoring off the bench on his return in midweek in the Copa del Rey, Costa wrapped up the points.
The former Chelsea striker doubled the lead in the 68th minute and jumped into the crowd to celebrate earning his second yellow card in the process.
Despite being linked with a big-money move to Southampton this week, Guido Carrillo remained focused on Monaco’s Coupe de France tie against Moulins-Yzeure and scored a hat-trick as the Ligue 1 side cruised into the next round.
Carrillo poked in the opening goal with 30 seconds on the clock and despite the fourth-tier side twice equalising, the former Estudiantes centre forward headed Monaco back in front for the third time.
A Fabinho penalty had made it 4-2 before Carrillo completed his hat-trick five minutes from time with another close range header. The 26-year-old has proved to be an excellent second-string striker for Monaco since his transfer but it remains to be seen if a reunion with Mauricio Pellegrino will prove too tempting.
Finally in the Coupe de France, Lille safely got past Le Mans with a 4-2 win away from home. Ezequiel Ponce headed the visitors into an early lead and despite Le Mans coming from two-down to level the tie, Marcelo Bielsa’s former side came out on top to progress to the last 32.