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Sergio Aguero took his tally to eight goals in seven Premier League games against Stoke City and Nolito grabbed a late brace as Manchester City secured a 4-1 victory at the bet365 Stadium.
Argentina international Aguero scored a penalty and a header in the first half on Saturday to help Pep Guardiola’s side to a third victory in three competitive games of the new season.
Aguero missed twice from the spot during the midweek Champions League play-off thrashing of Steaua Bucharest, but he made no mistake from 12 yards when Ryan Shawcross was rather harshly penalised by referee Mike Dean.
Stoke fans were still making their feelings clear when City doubled their lead, Aguero heading in Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery, and the home side felt further aggrieved when Aleksandar Kolarov’s clumsy challenge on Joe Allen six yards from goal went unpunished.
City had won all 25 previous Premier League matches in which they led by two or more goals at half-time, but Mark Hughes’ side were given hope of a comeback when Bojan Krkic converted a penalty past Willy Caballero – starting ahead of Joe Hart again – after another controversial call against Raheem Sterling.