Saturday September 10, 2011 Day 4 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 - 0 Wigan Athletic

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  1. Aguero hat-trick keeps City perfect

    Aguero hat-trick keeps City perfect

    Sergio Aguero fired his first Manchester City hat-trick to earn a 3-0 Premier League win against Wigan Athletic at the Etihad Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Wigan Athletic
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' That's it! City make it four wins out of four, and could finish the day top of the table depending on Manchester United's fortunes against Bolton. Bolton v Manchester United at 17:30 UK time.
    • 90+2' Offside against Balotelli, who gesticulates wildly. Now now, Mario.
    • 90+1' There's a muted penalty shout for a supposed handball by Kompany - same as the Caldwell one earlier; hard to see how he could get his hand out of the way.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 89' The tiny Crusat is still beavering away for Wigan, who kind of deserve a goal for their efforts today.
    • 88' Nasri tees up Johnson at the edge of the box, but he curls his shot wide of the target.
    • 87' With City having made all three substitutions, there will be no return for Kolo Toure following his doping ban.
    • 85' The ball comes to Richards who, clearly bored of playing it sideways, drives into the box and booms a shot into the crowd.
    • 84' Now it's City's turn to play exhibition stuff. Wish I had started counting the passes in this move.
    • 82' Johnson crosses from the right flank... chested back to Al Habsi.
    • 81' Balotelli plays keep ball up against Figueroa, and eventually wins a corner.
    • 80' Moses runs full-on at Kompany, and there's only going to be one winner when that happens. City ball.
    • 79' City change: Abdul Razak comes on for Yaya Toure.
    • 78' Stat from Infostrada: Sergio Agüero has become the seventh different player to score a hat trick for the club and the second in consecutive matches after Edin Dzeko. He is also only the second player to score at least six goals in his first four matches in the division. The other was Mick Quinn for Coventry City in November / December 1992 (6 goals).
    • 76' The game has slowed down almost to walking pace. Wigan know they are beaten, and City are happy to stand off and let the visitors pass it among themselves.
    • 75' Incredibly, it seems Wigan have enjoyed more than 50 per cent possession. Meh, City have been great.
    • 73' Chance for Adam Johnson, but he fires it at Al Habsi. More extraordinary work by David Silva to set it up.
    • 72' Jordi Gomez and Albert Crusat are on for Wigan - Watson and Di Santo the men to go off.
    • 71' Off comes Aguero after scoring his sixth goal in four games - Mario Balotelli is his replacement.
    • 70' That goal was greeted with a huge Poznan. What an amazing impact Aguero has had since his move from Atletico Madrid. Talk about hitting the ground running.
    • 69' GOAL!! HAT-TRICK AGUERO!! He just beats the offside trap, runs on to Silva's through ball, and rolls it into the right corner! Too easy!
    • 68' Kompany makes another well-timed challenge. He has been great - as ever - for a City team that have gone missing at the back at times.
    • 67' A fine move from Wigan as Moses finds the overlapping Stam who crosses low, and Kompany has to put the ball out for a corner.
    • 66' So what have Wigan got on the bench? Conor Sammon? James McCarthy? Jordi Gomez?
    • 65' Wigan were still very much in this game at 1-0, but it's hard to see them coming back from two down to grab a point.
    • 64' Neither goal has been celebrated with a tribute to Garry Cook, incidentally. No fetching an iPad from the bench (Balotelli can surely oblige)...
    • 63' GOAL!! Aguero again, another super goal! Brilliant interplay from Silva and Nasri, who prods it through to Aguero and the Argentine finishes unerringly.
    • 61' Applause for Tevez, who is brought off for Nasri - the midfielder has his left hand bandaged up like a boxer after breaking a finger on international duty.
    • 60' Clichy chests coolly back to Hart and sprints upfield in anticipation of an early throw from the keeper, who just keeps hold of the ball instead.
    • 59' RODALLEGA!! He is teed up following an excellent Moses run, lifts the ball up and volleys goalwards... Hart fumbles behind for a corner!
    • 58' Mario Balotelli is warming up, and it looks like he will be the one to come on for City, not Dzeko.
    • 57' Ouch. Figueroa absolutely slams into Milner as the pair slide in for the same ball. Milner somehow bore the brunt of that with his upper body. Painful. He has a cut head and is getting bandaged up.
    • 56' Clichy crosses from the left, Silva just gets to it first but he cannot bring the ball under control.
    • 55' Di Santo and Kompany get into a good, honest physical battle that referee Atkinson sees fit to end by awarding a free-kick to City.
    • 54' Di Santo's cross is met by Moses, but his header is not clean and Hart makes a simple save.
    • 53' I think that 'no penalty' decision was probably the right one - it hit Caldwell almost at point blank range. No way he could move his arm out of the way.
    • 52' CITY WANT A PENALTY!! Aguero's shot slams into the arm of Caldwell, but was it deliberate? Referee Martin Atkinson says no!
    • 50' Milner tries to work the ball into space, but when he finally gets his shot away it bounces harmlessly towards Al Habsi.
    • 49' Ex-City man Danny Sturridge has just scored a glorious goal for Chelsea... ...find out more here.
    • 48' Silva sends an inswinging cross into the box where Lescott is waiting, but nobody gets a touch on the ball and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 47' TEVEZ!! He feints outside his man as runs down the right channel, and hits a low shot that Al Habsi tips away at full stretch! Good start to the second half.
    • 46' The second half is under way, and it's Manchester City who kick off. No personnel changes from either manager.
    • 45+3' That's half-time, and City go in a goal to the good. They should have scored many more, while Wigan also had their moments. Interesting game.
    • 45+2' Decent spell by Wigan to end the half, but they just cannot get into shooting position despite working the ball around well.
    • 45+1' Richards is back in the thick of it, barging Rodallega over...
    • 45' Two minutes of added time will be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' Richards is up, but limping badly. He will probably try to get through to half-time...
    • 43' Richards was also on the scene there, and he has stayed down injured...
    • 42' Rodallega's shot ricochets into the path of Di Santo, and Hart is quickly out to charge down the danger!
    • 40' Errr, yeah.... Yaya Toure gets a bit excited and absolutely leathers the worst shot of all time into the crowd. Powerful, though.
    • 39' It really could be 5-0 by now, but somehow Wigan are still in this game.
    • 38' Oh, that's magnificent by Tevez, scopping the ball through a gap to set up Milner, whose wayward finish cannot do the pass justice.
    • 37' Watson's free-kick is met by Moses, who glances his header much too finely and it trickles harmlessly out for a goal kick.
    • 36' Moses gets tripped up as he comes inside from the right... a decent opportunity here, just outside the box.
    • 35' KOMPANY HITS THE POST!! His header from Milner's corner comes back off the woodwork and Toure smashes the rebound wide!
    • 34' Adrian Lopez is having a torrid time here, and this time Tevez wins a corner off him.
    • 33' Moses has a long shot blocked and it comes back to Diame, who is able to get his shot away but only succeeds in belting the ball miles over.
    • 31' A rare error from Aguero, who pings the ball out to the right but there is no City player within 20 yards of it.
    • 30' Di Santo chases another lofted ball over the top, but he takes a heavy touch and Hart races out to collect. But that's the second time City have been sliced open by a fairly routine ball.
    • 29' Aguero! he fires just wide from 20 yards! Wigan are under the cosh here. Impressive stuff from City. It was a great run inside by Richards for his chance, and Tevez found him perfectly.
    • 28' RICHARDS HITS THE BAR!! Great chance for the defender, who is clean through, but his shot comes off the underside of the bar, bounces on the line and skips away to safety!
    • 27' Tevez gets a bit too clever, inexplicably dummying the ball, presumably thinking Aguero was nearer the ball than he actually was.
    • 26' Boyce crosses from the Wigan right and Lescott fluffs an attempt to hook the ball acrobatically clear. But there is nobody on hand to make him pay...
    • 25' The corner comes to nothing. And this just in from Infostrada: 'Sergio Aguero is the first player in the division to score at least four goals in his first four PL matches since Demba Ba for West Ham United in February / March 2011.' Oh - thought that was going to be an impressive stat...
    • 24' Boyce's cross deflects out off a City shirt for a corner... Moses to take...
    • 23' A corner comes out as far as Adam Johnson, who thrashes a volley high over the bar.
    • 22' Fantasy football from City as the ball is backheeled into the box for Aguero to chase... he just cannot get on to it.
    • 20' Aguero tries to bend a shot into the far corner from wide on the left... it drifts out of play.
    • 19' What's Joleon Lescott doing so far forward? he plays a neat ball out wide and continues his run into the box. Total Football...
    • 18' SAVED!!! Tevez hits a slow penalty towards the bottom left corner, and Al Habsi has time to get down and palm it away! Poor effort from the striker.
    • 17' PENALTY! Lopez upends Silva, and that's a penalty for City! He can't have too many complaints...
    • 16' This game is a bit like a REALLY good Serie A team against a pretty good Liga team. So, plenty of fun...
    • 15' Chance for Di Santo! He races on to a long ball, beats Hart to it and prods the ball past the keeper... but it drifts well wide.
    • 14' Who needs Edin Dzeko, eh? Cracking technique from Silva and Aguero.
    • 13' GOAL!! Aguero, and what a lovely goal it is! Silva beats his man with a magical bit of skill, and tees up Aguero who drills the ball low into the left corner, wrong-footing Al-Habsi!
    • 11' Clichy fires in a teasing low cross from the left, which Alcaraz puts behind for a corner.
    • 10' SILVA!! He fires a low shot from 20 yards, and Al habsi does really well to cling on to the ball with Aguero ready to snaffle any rebound.
    • 9' Patient start from City, who aren't exactly playing like a side who have smacked in 12 goals in their first three games.
    • 7' Now Aguero is sprawled on the ground in the other box... no chance of a spot-kick there.
    • 6' Di Santo appears to get bundled over by Lescott a couple of yards outside the City box, but referee Atkinson doesn't want to know about it....
    • 5' Chance for Adam Johnson! He controls Clichy's cross from the left but bends his shot high over from 18 yards.
    • 4' It's actually been all Wigan so far. Not that either team has had a look at the other's penalty box.
    • 3' Roberto Martinez certainly gets his teams playing, and Wigan are knocking the ball slickly around - whether they'll be able to withstand a City battering is another matter, mind you.
    • 2' Doozy of a fact from Infostrada: 'Since March, Manchester City have played nine matches on their home ground, keeping a clean sheet in eight of them. Demba Ba (West Ham) was the only one to score.'
    • 1' Away we go! Wigan kick off, playing from right to left. City, of course, are all in sky blue.
    • 14:58 The teams are out, and Wigan are wearing a navy blue kit with flourescent yellow trim. It actually looks OK.
    • 14:55 I'm just not sure about this Tevez thing at all. Great as he was last season, if you were a City player wouldn't you hate his breathing guts for trying to whinge his way out of the club. And as for his claim he suffered from depression in the summer, pardon my cynicism but my understanding of the disease is that it's not something you can cure within a few weeks - conveniently recovering in time for the new season. You can Tweet me your views on Tevez: twitter.com/alexchick81
    • 14:55 A win will take City top ahead of Manchester United's game at Bolton later this afternoon. The Blues trail the Reds on goal difference by a margin of one. United +10, City +9. Not bad for three matches' work.
    • 14:50 Among all the millionaires, one player you might not recognise is Abdul Razak - he is an 18-year-old midfielder from the Ivory Coast for whom City have high hopes.
    • 14:47 Edin Dzeko has been dropped.
    • 14:46 Dzeko has scored in the club’s last four PL matches. He is the fifth different Manchester City player to score in four in a row after Carlos Tevez (twice), Emmanuel Adebayor, Mike Sheron and David White and can set a new outright record if he scores today.
    • 14:45 Edin Dzeko is the first player to score as many as six goals in the first three Premier League matches of a season. The previous record was five by Robbie Fowler in 1994/1995. Against Tottenham he also became the first Manchester City player to score at least four goals in one Premier League match, and the first to net a hat trick for the club away from home.
    • 14:40 Today's referee is Martin Atkinson. He is yet to send off a Man City player in 14 Premier League games in charge, but has dismissed three Wigan players in 11 games. Make of that what you will.
    • 14:35 It looks like quite an attack-minded side that Wigan boxss Roberto Martinez has put out, with Hugo Rodallega, Franco di Santo and Victor Moses all starting for the Latics. Deadline day signing Albert Crusat starts on the bench. Defender Adrián López Rodríguez - otherwide known as Piscu - starts alongside Gary Caldwell at centre-back. Wigan Athletic team page
    • 14:30 So, the big team news here is that Edin Dzeko, the league's top scorer, is rested, and Carlos Tevez will start up front with Sergio Aguero! These two have played 19 matches together for Argentina, scoring a total of 12 goals between them – Aguero (8 goals) and Tevez (4 goals). Adam Johnson also gets a rare start for City, while Samir Nasri is on the bench after breaking a finger while on international duty. Manchester City team page
    • 14:25 Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Nasri, Toure, Balotelli, Razak /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, Rodallega, Diame, Watson, McArthur, Moses, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, McCarthy, Crusat, Gomez, Sammon, Jones, Stam.
    • 14:20 Still, on the field things are going swimmingly. Edin Dzeko scored four goals in the 5-1 win at Spurs last time out, while summer signing Sergio Aguero appears to have hit the ground running following his £38m move from Atletico Madrid. City host a Wigan side who are undefeated in their last seven league games, and they have picked up five points already this term after just scrapping to survival on the final day of last term.
    • 14:15 Things had been going so well for City this season. Three wins out of three, a tasty Champions League group draw, signing Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko finding fearsome form all point to them being bona fide title challengers this year. Off the pitch, however, not so much. Club CEO Garry Cook had to resign yesterday after after he was found responsible for an offensive email sent to defender Nedum Onuoha's mother. Cook quits City over 'cancer' email
    • 14:10 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at Eastlands!
  • Summary

    • 69' GOAL!! HAT-TRICK AGUERO!! He just beats the offside trap, runs on to Silva's through ball, and rolls it into the right corner! Too easy!
    • 63' GOAL!! Aguero again, another super goal! Brilliant interplay from Silva and Nasri, who prods it through to Aguero and the Argentine finishes unerringly.
    • 59' RODALLEGA!! He is teed up following an excellent Moses run, lifts the ball up and volleys goalwards... Hart fumbles behind for a corner!
    • 52' CITY WANT A PENALTY!! Aguero's shot slams into the arm of Caldwell, but was it deliberate? Referee Martin Atkinson says no!
    • 47' TEVEZ!! He feints outside his man as runs down the right channel, and hits a low shot that Al Habsi tips away at full stretch! Good start to the second half.
    • 42' Rodallega's shot ricochets into the path of Di Santo, and Hart is quickly out to charge down the danger!
    • 38' Oh, that's magnificent by Tevez, scopping the ball through a gap to set up Milner, whose wayward finish cannot do the pass justice.
    • 35' KOMPANY HITS THE POST!! His header from Milner's corner comes back off the woodwork and Toure smashes the rebound wide!
    • 29' Aguero! he fires just wide from 20 yards! Wigan are under the cosh here. Impressive stuff from City. It was a great run inside by Richards for his chance, and Tevez found him perfectly.
    • 28' RICHARDS HITS THE BAR!! Great chance for the defender, who is clean through, but his shot comes off the underside of the bar, bounces on the line and skips away to safety!
    • 18' SAVED!!! Tevez hits a slow penalty towards the bottom left corner, and Al Habsi has time to get down and palm it away! Poor effort from the striker.
    • 17' PENALTY! Lopez upends Silva, and that's a penalty for City! He can't have too many complaints...
    • 15' Chance for Di Santo! He races on to a long ball, beats Hart to it and prods the ball past the keeper... but it drifts well wide.
    • 13' GOAL!! Aguero, and what a lovely goal it is! Silva beats his man with a magical bit of skill, and tees up Aguero who drills the ball low into the left corner, wrong-footing Al-Habsi!
    • 10' SILVA!! He fires a low shot from 20 yards, and Al habsi does really well to cling on to the ball with Aguero ready to snaffle any rebound.
    • 5' Chance for Adam Johnson! He controls Clichy's cross from the left but bends his shot high over from 18 yards.
    • 14:25 Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Toure Yaya, Johnson, Silva, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Nasri, Toure, Balotelli, Razak /// Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, Rodallega, Diame, Watson, McArthur, Moses, Di Santo. Subs: Kirkland, McCarthy, Crusat, Gomez, Sammon, Jones, Stam.

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