Aguero sidefooted home from the edge of the area in the 41st, Nolito scored his first City goal, before Aguero added two more in the final 12 minutes in the Romanian capital.

Sergio Aguero hit a hat trick after failing to score from two early penalties as Manchester City thrashed Steaua Bucharest 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday, virtually assuring a sixth straight season in the group stage.

Aguero, Guardiola has one of the most lethal strikers around. The Argentina forward got off the mark in the Premier League with a penalty against Sunderland at the weekend, but couldn’t score from the spot against Steaua in two attempts.

Instead, Aguero had to settle for a pinpoint finish from Raheem Sterling’s touch to make it 2-0. There are five more playoff matches on Wednesday, including FC Porto vs. Roma and Villarreal vs. Monaco.

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