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Aguero faints, leaves Argentina-Nigeria friendly

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Sergio Aguero’s goal against Nigeria was an afterthought following a trip to the hospital.

Aguero scored to make it 2-0 in Russia against the Super Eagles, but fainted in the dressing room at halftime according to the BBC.

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After the match Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli said Aguero had “got dizzy and had to leave.”

Don’t fear too much, Man City fans, your hero is already back with the team (according to the team).

Nigeria scored four times in the second half to win 4-2.

Aguero scores to down Russia in World Cup stadium reopening

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Sergio Aguero took it upon himself to reopen Luzhniki Stadium in style.

The Manchester City striker was lively all match, and he scored an 86th minute winner to seal a 1-0 friendly win over World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow.

Aguero was troublesome for Russia and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev all match, forcing numerous saves including an expert volley in the first half. He finally got the winning goal with time winding down, seeing his first shot from around the penalty area blocked by Giorgi Jilka, but he headed in the rebound to break the ice.

Russia, meanwhile, was completely toothless. Argentina held 70% possession throughout the match, and put seven of their 20 attempts on net. The hosts managed just four total shots, one on target.

Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza still refused to even experiment with Paulo Dybala on the field at the same time as Aguero and Lionel Messi, only bringing on the young Juventus star to replace Aguero once he had scored.

The match was the first in Moscow’s feature stadium that will host a semifinal and the 2018 World Cup final.

Sergio Aguero confirms his desire to return to Argentina

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Sergio Aguero is still dreaming of a return to Independiente.

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Aguero, 29, became Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer last week and has 179 goals in all competitions for the Premier League since he arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

He has won every major trophy available apart from the Champions League with Man City and many would say his job is done in England after this season.

Then what?

The Argentine international has been speaking about that ahead of La Albiceleste’s friendlies against Russia and Nigeria in Russia over the next few days.

“It came out that Milan and Real Madrid wanted me and – I don’t know where I read it – but they said, ‘They just spoiled Independiente’s dream.’ But the idea was always to go back to Independiente when my contract with City runs out in 2019. I have an option to extend one more year with City where it’s the priority but it’s always an option. The idea is to go back. Now, I’m doing very well and hopefully we can win the cup [title], but it’s not easy.”

Very interesting.

With Aguero having to scrap with Gabriel Jesus for the role of the lone central striker in Pep Guardiola‘s side at Man City, it seems that his time at Man City may be coming to a somewhat natural end.

At the end of the 2018-19 season he will be 31 years of age and the way City are playing right now it seems rather likely that Aguero will get his hands on the Champions League trophy in one of the next two seasons if he remains at City that long.

One thing about Aguero has always intrigued me. He has spent sic years in England but can hardly speak the language and it is quite obvious he doesn’t plan to remain in Manchester a day beyond his playing contract at Man City.

He is a legend of the club, not only for his title-winning goal in 2012, but for his incredible goalscoring record during the most successful period in club history.

That means City will likely allow him to leave on his terms when he wants to return to Argentina and, quite frankly, they’ll be delighted he doesn’t want to sign for any other team in Europe or the Premier League so he can’t come back and haunt them.

Aguero’s international teammate, and close friend, Lionel Messi, has also been talking about potentially returning to his former club in Argentina, Newell’s Old Boys, to end his career.

Imagine that duo going head-to-head in the Argentine Primera Division for the final years of their career?

Juan Roman Riquelme and Diego Maradona both returned to Boca Juniors for the twilight of their careers and Aguero and Messi doing the same, at the same time, would be quite something. They both deserve to decide where they will play out the final years of their glittering careers.

Man City tops Arsenal 3-1

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  • Aguero gets guard of honor, then banks PK
  • De Bruyne opens scoring
  • Sub striker Lacazette pulls one back
  • City onto 31 points

Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Gabriel Jesus led Manchester City to another win, this time 3-1 over visiting Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette scored off the bench for Arsenal, who drops to sixth, below Liverpool on tiebreakers. The Gunners are now 12 points behind Man City.

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Sergio Aguero was given a guard of honor for breaking Man City’s all-time scoring record.

Aguero nearly followed up his pre-match moment with a fitting salute to the home fans, but he hit a pass from Kevin De Bruyne just high and wide of Petr Cech‘s goal.

De Bruyne was the man to put City ahead in the 19th minute, as the Belgian followed up Cech’s save of a direct shot by playing a 1-2 en route to a team goal which had Arsenal looking like training ground cut-outs.

Raheem Sterling murdered a chance to make it 2-0. On a 2v1, Sterling took multiple superfluous touches before hitting a pass beyond a wide open Leroy Sane.

Aaron Ramsey had a decent chance to pull Arsenal level in first half stoppage, but Ederson went low to make a save.

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Nacho Monreal saw yellow and Michael Oliver gave Man City a chance at the spot when Sterling won a clear cut penalty. Aguero banked his shot off the right post and behind Cech. 2-0.

Lacazette was a questionable omission from the Starting XI, and took a feed from in-form Ramsey to make it 2-1 with 25 minutes plus stoppage to play.

Petr Cech made a sliding save on Gabriel Jesus’ hard low shot off a Man City corner to keep it 2-1. He pushed another shot out for a corner.

City would restore it’s two-goal cushion when David Silva was adjudged to have stayed onside for a through ball, then cut back for Jesus for a finish.

Breaking down Sergio Aguero’s record 178 Man City goals

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Sergio Aguero is now the all-time leading goalscorer in Manchester City’s history.

The Argentine striker, 29, scored his 178th goal in a City shirt on Wednesday in their 4-2 win at Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.

Going ahead of Eric Brooks’ goalscoring record, which stood for 78 years, Aguero had etched himself into City folklore.

Below, via the guys at Opta, we break down how, when and where he has scored the goals which have made him into a Manchester City legend.

Type of goal
Inside the box – 162 (91%)
Outside the box – 16 (9%)
Right foot – 131 (74%)
Left foot – 32 (18%)
Header – 15 (8%)

129 goals in 188 Premier League games
24 goals in 43 Champions League games
14 goals in 15 FA Cup games
4 goals in 12 League Cup games
4 goals in 4 Europa League games
3 goals in 1 Champions League qualifying game

Teams Aguero has scored most goals against
Newcastle United – 11
Tottenham Hotspur – 10
Watford – 9
Manchester United – 8
Chelsea – 8
West Ham – 8
Stoke City – 8

Most assists for Aguero
David Silva – 19
Yaya Toure – 16
Kevin De Bruyne – 11
Samir Nasri – 11

By season
2011-12: 30 goals in 48 games
2012-13: 17 goals in 40 games
2013-14: 28 goals in 34 games
2014-15: 32 goals in 42 games
2015-16: 29 goals in 44 games
2016-17: 33 goals in 45 games
2017-18: 9 goals in 11 games (so far)