Weekend mornings haven’t been the same since the English Premier League paused its season. The EPL will be back on NBC this Wednesday when Aston Villa hosts Sheffield United at 1p.m. on NBC Sports Network followed by Arsenal at Manchester City at 3:15 p.m.
To get you through the wait, NBC Sports Washington has devoted a week of stories on each of the Big 6 clubs in England: Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. Because we miss the Premier League, too.
Our fifth week, the one dedicated to Manchester City, kicks off by looking back at one February night in 2019 when striker Sergio Aguero tied Premier League legend Alan Shearer's hat-trick record.
Sergio Aguero has sported the Manchester City blue and white since 2011 and over that span has netted 180 goals across all competitions.
The world-class striker has had a knack for finding the back of the net throughout his career. His goal-scoring ability is well documented at all three of his club stops -- City, Atletico Madrid, and Independiente -- as well as for his national team, Argentina. And when Aguero strikes, the damage is often more than just once.
Today, we look back on one February evening from last season, when Aguero scored three goals in Machester City's 6-0 victory over rival Chelsea. The striker's hat trick was the 11th of his career, tying Premier League legend Alan Shearer's hat-trick record.
Entering the match, City trailed Liverpool by three points for the top spot in the Premier League table. The Reds were victorious the day before. Because it had played one more game than Liverpool at the time, City had to defeat Chelsea in order to keep pace.
From the very first minute, it was clear which was the superior team. City's Raheem Sterling found the back of the net in the fourth minute, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead. Shortly after, City had the chance to double the lead, but Aguero missed a wide-open tap in.
AGUER... oh pic.twitter.com/CwnckQuIIE— #MyPLSummer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 10, 2019
But from that point on it became Aguero's time to shine.
In the 13th minute, Aguero scored his first goal of the contest, and the finish was quite impressive. After receiving a pass, the striker took a few dribbles to his right before firing a missile from 25 yards out into the top right corner of the net past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
AGUEROOOOO! Incredible! pic.twitter.com/QMGO90k02a— #MyPLSummer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 10, 2019
Just six minutes later, Aguero would find that back of the net once again. After a pair of headers by Chelsea defenders inside their own penalty box, the striker found himself in the right place at the right time.
Chelsea's Ross Barkley headed the ball back towards Kepa, but instead it went right to Aguero. He volleyed Barkey's error into the back of the net with his weak foot, leaving Kepa with little chance of stopping his shot.
Barkley's error allowed Manchester City to take a commanding 3-0 lead just over 20 minutes into the match. Chelsea would concede another goal just before the half and City entered the break with a dominating 4-nil lead.
Aguero entered the second half just one goal away from tying Shearer's hat-trick record, and it didn't take him long at all in the second frame to complete that mission.
The Argentinian completed his 11th Premier League hat trick when he put a penalty kick past Kepa for his third -- and City's fifth -- goal of the game.
Sergio Aguero equalling Alan Shearer's hat-trick record with the coolest penalty you'll see all Sunday. 😎🎩 pic.twitter.com/H6r4u8ACwk— Dugout (@Dugout) February 10, 2019
As you can see in the video above, Ethiad Stadium erupted in cheers, as the home fans came to realize their striker had just accomplished a feat only one other Premier League player ever had before.
Sterling would add his second goal of the match in the 80th minute putting the finishing touches on City's dominating 6-0 victory over Chelsea.
After the contest was over, the referee decided to get in on the fun, too. When Aguero approached him for the game ball, referee Mike Dean hid the ball under his shirt on his back, pranking the striker as if he didn't have the ball.
Nearly a year later, Aguero would record his 12th career Premier League hat-trick, breaking the tie between him and Shearer for the most ever.
However, the fashion the striker tied Shearer's record on that February evening in 2019 is an evening the Argentinian will never forget.
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