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City's resounding victory supposed they moved above Leicester City

Sergio Aguero became the maximum prolific foreign goalscorer in Premier League records with a hat trick as Manchester City thrashed Aston Villa 6-1 to reclaim second area on Sunday.
The Argentine striker struck City's 0.33, fifth and sixth dreams at Villa Park to take his league tally to 177, two greater than Frenchman Thierry Henry managed for Arsenal and fourth at the all-time listing alongside Frank Lampard.
City's resounding victory, in which Riyad Mahrez additionally scored twice and Gabriel Jesus once, meant they moved above Leicester City and trimmed Liverpool's lead to 14 points, even though Liverpool have performed a sport less.
Mahrez's dribble and shot opened the scoring in the 18th minute and the Algerian struck again six mins later.
Aguero's fierce strike from outside the place made it 3-0 in the 28th minute before Jesus tapped in a fourth at the stroke of halftime after a stunning bypass by means of Kevin De Bruyne.
A razor-sharp Aguero moved clean of Henry with a neat finish inside the 58th minute and persevered to torment a sorry domestic side by means of finishing his twelfth Premier League hat trick within the 81st minute.
Villa, who have fallen to 1/3 from backside, did now not manipulate a shot on target till they have been provided a stoppage-time penalty that changed into tucked away by means of Anwar El Ghazi.
Earlier, Watford captain Troy Deeney hailed the effect of Nigel Pearson in helping the Hornets bounce back from "rock bottom" after a 3-zero win at Bournemouth took them out.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra struck either aspect of Deeney's fourth goal in five video games as Watford moved above their hosts, whose 5-season stay within the top flight seems in serious danger of coming to an end.
"The gaffer and all of the boys need to take a variety of credit," stated Deeney. "We hit rock backside at some factors this season but we've controlled to get the fans concerned and do the tough work at the pitch."
Bournemouth have taken just four points from their ultimate 11 games and regarded a aspect completely devoid of self belief as they slipped to second backside.
Watford, with the aid of contrast, are reborn below former Leicester boss Pearson as they've taken 13 points from a possible 15 considering the fact that his baptism of fireplace in a 2-zero defeat at Liverpool final month.
"We've found a collective way of running together to get extra of what we want; performances and results. We confirmed resilience, sport know-how and capacity as well at times," said Pearson.
Injuries have performed a main element in Bournemouth's decline and the loss of first-desire goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale proved important as his understudy Mark Travers turned into at fault for the opening aim.
The Irish under-21 international had made an awesome early save low to his right to deny Gerard Deulofeu, but his poor clearance turned into fired directly at Ismaila Sarr 3 mins before 1/2-time and the Senegalese's cross was expertly controlled and completed through Doucoure.
"The first aim turned into a big shift, up until then it was two quite even teams," Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe informed Sky Sports.
"We conceded and the second half became lots extra difficult; we dipped, they rose with the confidence.
"We aren't searching free-scoring and while you concede a goal it seems a long manner back."
Deeney's return from a long-term damage has also performed a massive element in his aspect's go back to form and the inspirational captain smashed domestic after another dangerous run and cross by using Sarr 25 mins from time.
Bournemouth presented nothing in response and another depressing afternoon for the Cherries changed into rounded off when Pereyra came off the bench to supply an acrobatic finish after Andre Gray's shot was cleared off the line.