Aguero misses two penalties, scores hat-trick in City rout

David Silva and Nolito were also on target against the crestfallen former European champion which was spared an even heavier defeat as the visitor hit the woodwork three times.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores the team's fourth goal.   -  REUTERS

Sergio Aguero missed two penalties in the first 20 minutes and then scored a hat-trick as Manchester City romped to a 5-0 win at Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of its Champions League playoff on Tuesday.

David Silva and Nolito were also on target against the crestfallen former European champion which was spared an even heavier defeat as the visitor hit the woodwork three times.

Borussia Moenchengladbach also took a big step towards qualifying for the group stage with a 3-1 victory at Swiss side Young Boys.

Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam was held 1-1 at home by Russians Rostov while Croatian champion Dinamo Zagreb also had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Austrians Salzburg.

Copenhagen beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0 in the evening’s other match.

> Steaua Bucharest 0-5 Manchester City

> Ajax 1-1 FC Rostov

> Copenhagen 1-0 Apoel

> Young Boys 1-0 Monchengladbach >

> Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Red Bull Salzburg

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