Watford 0-6 Man City: Aguero’s hat trick leads rout

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  • Aguero scores 10th hat trick
  • Man City with 15 goals in last 3 games
  • Watford suffer heaviest ever PL defeat
  • Man City momentarily top of PL

Manchester City’s stacked offense is purring as they beat Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick, while goals from Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling put plenty of gloss on the scoreline after another scintillating display from Pep Guardiola‘s boys.

With the win City move on to 13 points for the season, while Watford remain on eight points.

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Man City dominated play early on with Watford struggling to get any real foothold in the game.

Kevin De Bruyne clipped in a great ball to Raheem Sterling but the winger couldn’t sort his feet out as a good chance came and went.

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Despite all of Man City’s possession Watford went close as Jose Holebas’ free kick found Richarlison but his header was off target and soon City were ahead.

Kevin de Bruyne’s fine free kick found Aguero who nodded home the opener and four minutes later David Silva crossed for Aguero to tap home his and City’s second.

City made it 3-0 before the break as Aguero turned into the provider to slot the ball into the path of his Brazilian forward partner Jesus. Although he looked in an offside position, the goal stood as Watford were simply battered by City’s star men.

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Watford improved in the second half, presumably after a half time rollicking from Marco Silva, but City looked increasingly dangerous on the break as Aguero put a shot wide.

Free-scoring John Stones almost grabbed another headed goal but Heurelho Gomes tipped his effort over but soon after his center back partner put City 4-0 up.

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Silva had a shot tipped over by Gomes and from the resulting corner he sent in a cross for Otamendi to nod home.

There was time for Aguero to complete his hat trick, his 10th for Man City, as he jinxed past four defenders before putting in a shot off the far post.

In the final minute of the game Sterling made it 6-0 after winning a penalty and converting the spot kick to compound Watford’s misery.

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”

Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show: Episode 3

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In the third episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England pulls out a massive win while VAR finds its way into the World Cup spotlight.

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There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, with the show coming via the Men In Blazers.

Click play on the video above to watch the first episode in full.