Match ends, Manchester City 6, Newcastle United 1.
Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United
Sergio Aguero scored five goals in the space of 20 minutes as Manchester City demolished Newcastle to return to the top of the Premier League table.
Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded Newcastle in front but Aguero's brilliant burst of goals began when he headed City level.
It continued after the break when his deflected shot made it 2-1 and he ran through soon after for his hat-trick.
Kevin de Bruyne's volley made it 4-1 before Aguero struck again with a curling shot and close-range finish.
Newcastle, who are still without a league win this season, had chances to extend their lead after £13m striker Mitrovic scored his first goal since joining the club in the summer.
But Aguero's virtuoso show - which ended his Premier League goal drought in style - means the Magpies fall to the bottom of the table on goal difference.
Aguero's return to form
Going into the game, Aguero was without a goal in open play in 595 minutes in all competitions, and any Premier League goal in 424 minutes since City's win over Chelsea on 16 August.
The 27-year-old Argentina striker's shooting statistics were all well down on his usual high standards but when he returned to form, a shell-shocked Newcastle had no way of stopping him.
His early season frustration continued with his first two shots of the game both ending up off target, but his next five efforts all found the net.
The pick of the bunch was his fourth, which came when he looked up on the left-hand side of the area and picked his spot in the opposite corner.
It was something of a surprise when City manager Manuel Pellegrini chose to take him off, soon after he timed his far-post run to perfection to slide home De Bruyne's cross for his fifth goal and City's sixth.
Newcastle fans joined the applause as he left the field on 66 minutes - no doubt grateful he would not add to his tally - but, despite his early exit, Aguero still joined a select club of players to score five goals in a single Premier League game.
Pellegrini claimed afterwards that Aguero was injured, which makes his performance even more remarkable, but said he was not surprised by his haul of goals.
"Sergio Aguero is different," Pellegrini said. "In other games he was maybe having a lot of chances but not scoring - today he returned to his normal amount of chances he creates, but this time he scored.
"He was not upset about going off. He was having treatment at half-time and it was a risk for him to finish the whole game."
|Sergio Aguero in the Premier League - BEFORE Man City vs Newcastle|
|Shot conversion %||22.1%||18.5%||23.6%||22.6%||6.25%|
|Mins per goal||113||162||91||97.65||482|
Before Saturday, Aguero had scored one goal in 482 Premier League minutes this season, with a shot conversion of 6.25%
Against Newcastle he managed five in 66 minutes, with a shot conversion rate of 71%.
Aguero touched the ball nine times between the 42nd and 62nd minutes and scored with five of them for the fastest five-goal haul in Premier League history.
Newcastle's season goes from bad to worse
Newcastle have now won only one of their past 19 league games, and their failure to find a victory in any of their first eight matches of this campaign makes this their worst start to a season since 1898-99.
The Magpies could take plenty of encouragement from their 2-2 draw with defending champions Chelsea last week, but it was difficult to see any positives in their complete collapse at Etihad Stadium.
Boss Steve McClaren tried his best, pointing out that his side could have been 3-0 up before City and Aguero responded, but admitted they had no answer to the Argentina striker after the break.
"You are coming up against a top-quality team," McClaren told BBC Sport. "Aguero was world class. He is getting back to form and we were punished by a really high-quality opponent.
"It was such a magnificent performance in the first half. it was same against Chelsea last week but in 13 minutes we got beaten by world-class individuals. We probably frightened them into life and they killed us for it.
"We have had a tough eight games but I have seen enough in the last two weeks that we can win football matches.
"We were unlucky last week and this week. There is enough in there, we just need consistency. Our season begins now."
After the international break, City have another home game, against Bournemouth, while Newcastle's search for a win will continue when they face Norwich at St James' Park on 18 October.
The stats you need to know
- Aguero's first goal was his 80th in 128 matches in the Premier League. Only Alan Shearer (102) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (122 games) have reached that mark in fewer games.
- Aguero now has 84 Premier League goals; the same number as Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their past 18 Premier League meetings with Newcastle (W16 D2), their longest-ever run without defeat against a single PL opponent.
- City have netted two or more goals in each of their past 15 PL clashes with the Magpies (45 scored in total).
- Steve McClaren has won just two of his past 21 league games as a manager (W2 D9 L10 - eight games at Newcastle, 13 at Derby County).
- 5ZabaletaBooked at 82mins
- 20MangalaBooked at 88mins
- 25FernandinhoBooked at 45mins
- 21SilvaSubstituted forIheanachoat 75'minutes
- 17De Bruyne
- 7SterlingSubstituted forNavasat 45'minutes
- 10AgüeroSubstituted forBonyat 66'minutes
- 76Garcia Alonso
- 2ColocciniBooked at 65mins
- 43MbabuSubstituted forLascellesat 53'minutes
- 8AnitaBooked at 36mins
- 11GouffranSubstituted forThauvinat 66'minutes
- 7SissokoSubstituted forTiotéat 66'minutes
- 10de Jong
- Kevin Friend
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Manchester City 6, Newcastle United 1.
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Florian Thauvin (Newcastle United).
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kevin De Bruyne.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.
Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) because of an injury.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).
Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Manchester City).
Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesús Navas.
Substitution, Manchester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces David Silva.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Chancel Mbemba.
Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva following a corner.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Florian Thauvin replaces Yoan Gouffran.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Cheick Tioté replaces Moussa Sissoko.
Substitution, Manchester City. Wilfried Bony replaces Sergio Agüero.
David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).
Goal! Manchester City 6, Newcastle United 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.
Goal! Manchester City 5, Newcastle United 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Silva with a through ball.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) because of an injury.
Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.