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Aguero double helps City crush Stoke

Aguero double helps City crush Stoke
Manchester City showed their defence of the Premier League title isn’t over just yet as Sergio Aguero’s double inspired a 4-1 win at Stoke that kept the champions in touch with leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.

A miserable run of five games without a win in the absence of key midfielder Yaya Toure, on African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast, had cast doubts over City’s ability to close the gap on Chelsea. But Aguero’s brace and strikes from James Milner and Samir Nasri gave City their first league win at Stoke in 16 years and kept Manuel Pellegrini’s second-placed side within seven points of Chelsea.

Aguero ended his barren run with his 20th goal of the season with just over half an hour gone. There didn’t look to be too much on when Milner relieved the pressure with a long clearance, but Aguero’s determination saw him beat Marc Muniesa to the bouncing ball and from there he only had eyes for goal. Running at an exposed Stoke defence, the striker went outside Phil Bardsley wide before shooting low across goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and into the far corner. But if City thought that would give them a measure of control they were wrong as within four minutes Stoke were level, with Crouch timing his run perfectly to meet a Marko Arnautovic cross with a header which gave Hart no chance to claim his seventh goal this season.
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