Monday 19 March 2018

Sergio Aguero earns a piece of Man City history with record-equalling goal

File photo dated 26-08-2017 of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
File photo dated 26-08-2017 of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

Sergio Aguero has equalled Manchester City's goalscoring record after netting his 177th for the club in Saturday's Premier League clash against Burnley.

The 29-year-old, fit and back in the starting line-up after breaking a rib in a car crash three weeks ago, struck a penalty in the 30th minute at the Etihad Stadium.

The strike brought the Argentina forward level with the longstanding tally of Eric Brook, who scored 177 for City between 1927 and 1939.

It came in his 262nd appearance for City after joining the club in a £38million move from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

He might have equalled the record in his previous appearance last month but had a spot-kick saved by Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

Following that he was sidelined after suffering injuries in a road accident while spending a day off in Amsterdam.

He missed the victory at Chelsea on September 30 and, despite making a speedy recovery, was an unused substitute for the last two games against Stoke and Napoli.

The historic moment arrived after Bernardo Silva was adjudged to have been brought down by Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope. Aguero, although his record from the spot is mixed, made no mistake on this occasion.

Aguero has been a regular on City scoresheets ever since announcing his arrival with two goals against Swansea on debut six years ago.

His tally includes 10 hat-tricks and his most famous City goal was his 30th - the dramatic last-gasp strike to clinch the Premier League title in 2012.

Aside from netting just 17 times in the underwhelming 2012-13 campaign, Aguero has scored at least 28 goals in each of his six full seasons at the Etihad Stadium.

Brook's goals came in 450 appearances prior to the Second World War. He did actually score a 178th in the opening match of the 1939-40 campaign but that was expunged from the records when League football was cancelled following the outbreak of hostilities.

He was principally an outside left but was also comfortable playing centre-forward and won 18 caps for England. He was forced to retire after suffering a fractured skull in a car crash while travelling to play a wartime international against Scotland in Newcastle in December 1939.

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