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Perfect Citizens go top

City keep the bar high for the rest

By | 10th September 2011

Sergio Aguero struck an impressive hat-trick to lead Manchester City to the top of the Barclays Premier League table, where cross-town rivals Manchester United joined them with a 5-0 win over Bolton less than three hours later.

Aguero opened the scoring early against Wigan at Etihad Stadium and added two second half goals within a six-minute time span after compatriot Carlos Tevez had missed a penalty won by David Silva.

Defending champions United, meanwhile, decimated Bolton thanks to a hat-trick of their own scored by Wayne Rooney, while Javier Hernandez also scored twice in the rout at Reebok.

Both the Manchester sides maintained their perfect records, having won all four of their Premier League matches thus far. Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson certainly won’t mind if their men can continue their sizzling run of form when the UEFA Champions League group stages begin in the midweek.

Chelsea, who had been affected by unrest within the squad heading into their fixture away to Sunderland, emerged 2-1 winners as skipper John Terry slid in from an acute angle in the first half and youngster Daniel Sturridge doubled the advantage following the interval.

However, a late goal from Ji Dong-Won ensured that Andre Villa-Boas’ men do not leave Wearside with a clean sheet.

The Blues are still trailing the joint league leaders by two points, having drawn at Stoke City in the first round of fixtures.

Speaking of Stoke, they were impressive in a hard-fought match at Britannia Stadium, with a first-half penalty from Jonathan Walters enough to secure a 1-0 win over Liverpool and end the visitors’ unbeaten start to the season.

The North London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur picked up their first wins of the season as well.

While the Gunners were lucky to score following a blunder from Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm and still have a lot to prove to convince their detractors, a 1-0 win was certainly a relief after three weeks without a win to start the season.

The Spurs, meanwhile, were impressive in breaking the resistance of an in-form Wolves side as second half goals from Jermain Defoe and summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor led Harry Redknapp’s men to a comfortable 2-0 win away from home.

The day’s only draw was played out at Goodison Park, where Aston Villa came from behind twice to hold Everton to a 2-2 draw.

Leon Osman opened the scoring for the Toffees but Villa skipper Stilian Petrov equalized right after the hour-mark. Leighton Baines then restored the hosts’ advantage from the spot six minutes later before Gabriel Agbonlahor leveled the score again late.

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