04 October 2015
Entertainment was the order of the day in Manchester, Sevilla and Monchengladbach as all three of the Bianconeri’s Group D rivals notched impressive home wins ahead of the international break.
The pick of the action came at the Etihad Stadium as Premier League leaders Manchester City followed up on Wednesday’s late triumph over Gladbach to put six past bottom club Newcastle thanks to a remarkable show of goalscoring by Sergio Aguero.
Over in the south of Spain it was back-to-back league wins for Unai Emery’s Sevilla as the Blanquirrojos produced their finest performance of the season to beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.
And it was the same story for Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach against Wolfsburg, as second-half goals from Havard Nordtveit and Ibrahima Traore earned Juve’s next Champions League opponents a third straight domestic victory since the departure of Swiss coach Lucien Favre.
manchester city 6-1 newcastle united
Despite falling behind to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early strike after a bright start from the visitors, Manuel Pellegrini’s City surged back as five Aguero goals in the space of 20 minutes either side of the interval took the game beyond Steve Mcclaren’s Newcastle to put the Citizens two points clear of Manchester United at the Premier League summit.
Following Mitrovic’s instinctive header it looked as though McClaren’s side would take a deserved lead into the break but their resistance was broken three minutes from the end of the half as Aguero stooped in to nod home Fernandinho’s pass.
After the interval, the home side took complete control as the Argentine added a second and third in the space of 60 seconds, first steering home via a deflection and then racing clear straight from the Newcastle restart to chip expertly over the onrushing Tim Krul.
Summer signing Kevin De Bruyne made it four with a fine volley three minutes later before City’s leading top-flight scorer, now level with Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez on 84 Premier League goals, helped himself to two more to round off a remarkable 20 minute spell for the hosts.
sevilla 2-1 barcelona
Wednesday’s beaten visitors to Juventus Stadium produced an equally impressive performance on Saturday afternoon to condemn Barcelona to a second La Liga defeat in three games.
Surviving an early scare as Neymar’s first-half free-kick came back off the post and rolled along the goal-line, Unai Emery’s Sevilla struck first immediately after the interval as the busy Michael Krohn-Dehli converted Kevin Gameiro’s precise centre.
The Andalusians would double their lead six minutes later as Krohn Dehli’s superb flighted cross took three Barca defenders out of the game to leave Vicente Iborra with a simple header on the six-yard line.
While Neymar’s penalty put the reigning champions back within touching distance and substitute Sandro Ramirez rattled the woodwork once more ten minutes from time, the home side hung on for a second consecutive league win.
monchengladbach 2-0 wolfsburg
Another side in Group D enjoying a domestic renaissance is Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach whose 2-0 success over Wolfsburg sealed their third win on the bounce.
With the encounter seemingly heading for a draw in a tight and keenly contested affair, Norwegian midfielder Havard Nordtveit swept home from distance to give the home side the advantage 15 minutes from the end.
While Wolfsburg, also beaten by English opposition during the week, went in search of an equaliser, Schubert’s men added a swift second on the counter-attack to wrap up the points.
Turning over possession on the halfway line, Lars Stindl sent Ibrahima Traore charging into an unguarded half to slide the ball to the right of goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Gladbach, the next European guests at Juventus Stadium on 21 October, will resume their Bundesliga campaign after the international break against Eintracht Frankfurt four days previously. City meanwhile host Bournemouth and Sevilla face Eibar.