Aguero on target for City

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February 03, 2016
Aguero

SUNDERLAND (AP):

Sergio Aguero's first-half strike handed Manchester City a 1-0 victory against Sunderland in the Premier League yesterday.

Aguero gave City the lead after 16 minutes at the Stadium of Light, reacting quickest to a low, deflected cross into the area from Jesus Navas and getting it under control before prodding beyond goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

He was caught on the calf by a last-ditch challenge from Billy Jones as he scored and appeared to be hurt while he celebrated, but returned to the pitch after treatment.

The match was City's first since the club announced that Pep Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini as manager at the end of the season, but goalkeeper Joe Hart denied the impending arrival increased pressure for the players to perform.

"It was never going to be a distraction, we love Manuel as our manager," Hart said. "We are here to win titles, Manuel is here to win titles. We appreciate we have a job to do and next season is next season."

The win moves City to 47 points and second in the Premier League three points behind leaders Leicester.

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