Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero scored thrice despite also losing two spot kicks as Manchester City romped to a 0-5 win over Steau Bucharest in their first leg play-off Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
After a scrappy win in their EPL opener against Sunderland over the weekend, expectations were high for a more commanding dispaly from the Coach Pep Guardiola tutored side on Tuesday.
Rightly, the Citizens started blazing hot against their Romanian opponets and inside six minutes they were awarded a penalty kick after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Muniru Sulley, but Aguero failed to capitalise as Florin Nita guessed correctly to make the save before Nolito struck the crossbar from the rebound.
City were ahead just minutes later thanks to David Silva, who held his nerve to find the bottom corner after the influential Sterling had turned into space inside the box to pick out the Spaniard.
Another mistake soon followed from the Steaua defence when Gabriel Enache foolishly brought down Aleksandar Kolarov, but Aguero failed once again from the spot by sending his second penalty over the crossbar.
Aguero starteed his redemption for the night by scoring his side’s second with a superb low finish after Sterling had found space on the edge of the box to tee up the Argentine.
Any hopes of a Steaua fightback in the second half were dashed less than four minutes after the break when Kevin De Bruyne produced the perfect pass to find Nolito, who beat the offside trap to round Nita before tapping home his first competitive goal for the club.
Aguero was back to add to his tally later on as he sent a powerful strike just wide as City continued to dominate proceedings for long spells.
Nolito was denied a second when Nita pushed another shot to safety late on as City, who will host Steaua at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday, threatened with almost every attack.
Perhaps unsurprisingly it was Aguero who had the final say for the visitors as he scored his third with a powerful finish after substitute Fernando sent him through with a fine pass.