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

Football Soccer - Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - National Arena, Bucharest, Romania - 16/8/16 Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their second goal with Pablo Zabaleta and Kevin De Bruyne. Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley
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Football Soccer - Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - National Arena, Bucharest, Romania - 16/8/16Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their second goal with Pablo Zabaleta and Kevin De Bruyne. Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley

By Brian Homewood

BERNE, Switzerland (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 their Champions League playoff on Tuesday.

David Silva and Nolito were also on target against the crestfallen former European champions who were spared an even heavier defeat as the visitors 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 were held 1-1 at home by Russians Rostov while Croatian champions 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.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, additonal reporting by Zoran Milosavljevic, editing by Tony Jimenez)


Edited by Staff Editor

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