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Aguero sparkles in comprehensive City win

ESPN staff
July 30, 2012
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with a terrific individual goal

Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero starred in Manchester City's 3-1 win over Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur, showing Roberto Mancini there is little reason to fear missing out on signing Robin van Persie this summer.

Mancini has expressed concern that the Arsenal striker could opt to join Juventus or Manchester United - which prompted Tevez and Aguero to give a reminder of their talents. Aguero scored one and assisted two, with Tevez and Adam Johnson also on the scoresheet.

Aguero fired a warning shot when he hit the bar inside the first ten minutes - although he should have done better, as he somehow failed to convert an open goal after Tevez rounded the keeper and laid the ball into his path.

Argentina international Aguero made up for that miss a few minutes later when he produced a superb opening goal, drifting past a handful of defenders in the penalty box before dinking the ball over the goalkeeper with the outside of his right foot.

City were able to get into dangerous areas with ease, often getting in behind the home defence, and Tevez rifled a left-footed half-volley just wide from inside the penalty area, having been slotted in by a lofted through ball from Aguero.

Much of the hosts' defending was verging on desperate as City flooded forward, safe in the knowledge their backline had little to deal with. But Mancini's side, for all their dominance of the contest and tenacious attacking, only led by one at the interval.

They did find a second shortly after the break: Aguero, dropping into midfield, turned and slotted a pass through for Tevez, who hit a left-footed shot across the goalkeeper and into the corner.

Aguero also made City's third, setting up England international Johnson to volley home, with the goalkeeper static. The former Atletico Madrid striker was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining, having taken the game under his spell from the early stages.

His exit was the cue for City to take their foot off the gas, and Malaysia XI pulled one back on 86 minutes through Azamuddin Akil.

City now have three friendlies left before the Community Shield against Chelsea on August 12.

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