For the third time in the Premier League, Sergio Agüero scored four or more goals in a match as Manchester City blew Leicester City away in a 5-1 win to go sixteen points clear at the top of the table.
Agüero has been in tremendous form and has taken his tally for the season to 21 (13 coming in 10 games in 2018) whilst scoring in seven consecutive games at the Etihad Stadium for the first time in his career.
Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s early opener to see the two sides level at the break but the second half belonged to Agüero.
The former Independiente striker tapped City back in front from another Kevin de Bruyne assist and was indebted to the Belgian for his second too, striking the ball with two much power for Kasper Schmeichel to prevent ending in the net.
Schmeichel could have done better for Agüero’s second and gifted the Argentinian his hat-trick with a misplaced pass that Kun gladly clipped over the goalkeeper to make it 4-1.
With the match ball already his Agüero saved the best for last, smashing a long range effort in off the underside of the crossbar to complete the rout.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Agüero “deserves all the credit” for the victory: “Sergio fought hard and he is so important to us. We played quite similar to the way we played in our draw against Burnley last week, but the difference here was we took our chances.”
With the four goals taking Agüero to 21 for the season, the 29-year-old becomes the fourth player to score 20 or more goals in four consecutive Premier League campaigns after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Harry Kane. With Agüero in such form it is vital that the striker remains fit ahead of the World Cup. Argentina have rarely seen the best of Kun and if Jorge Sampaoli can find this then La Albiceleste will be even more serious contenders.
Benfica picked up a valuable win to go above Porto at the top of the Portuguese league at least temporarily and Franco Cervi proved instrumental.
Cervi rifled Benfica ahead after only six minutes against Portimonense but the defending champions were pegged back in the second half when Felipe Macedo headed an equaliser.
However, the home side weren’t level long thanks to a stunning Cervi free-kick. The 23-year-old’s 30-yard effort curled over the wall and in off the post to restore the lead and Andrija Zivkovic wrapped up the points in stoppage time.
Consistency may still be an issue for Cervi but when on form, the youngster’s talent is abundantly clear.
And finally, AC Milan earned a fourth win in five against relegation threatened SPAL with Lucas Biglia on the scoresheet.
Patrick Cutrone scored twice to give Milan a commanding lead before Biglia curled in a precise finish from outside the box for his first goal in the red and black. Fabio Borini added a fourth
Injury and Milan’s poor form have meant Biglia has struggled this season since arriving from Lazio but the revival under Gennaro Gattuso will hopefully spark an upturn in fortune for the midfielder. The 32-year-old remains an important member of Argentina’s squad and if fit will likely remain as the first choice number five in Russia.