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Mario Balotelli is caught offside. Adrian Lopez restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Victor Moses, blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Adam Johnson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Samir Nasri. Indirect free kick taken by Adrian Lopez.
Effort on goal by Micah Richards from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Short corner worked by Adam Johnson.
Abdul Razak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Albert Crusat. Mohamed Diame takes the direct free kick.
Abdul Razak on for Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Victor Moses takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Micah Richards.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.
Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Johnson. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Mario Balotelli coming on for Sergio Aguero.
Jordi Gomez replaces Franco Di Santo. Albert Crusat comes on in place of Ben Watson.
Sergio Aguero scores a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Wigan.Assist by David Silva.
Outswinging corner taken by Ben Watson, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.
Ronnie Stam delivers the ball, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Sergio Aguero finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Wigan.Assist by Samir Nasri.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez leaves the field to be replaced by Samir Nasri. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Ronnie Stam joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emmerson Boyce. Short corner worked by Ben Watson.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Gael Clichy crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Corner taken short by Carlos Tevez.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
Victor Moses takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
James Milner takes a shot. Adrian Lopez gets a block in.
Joleon Lescott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
Short corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Hugo Rodallega fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Maynor Figueroa has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the upright.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. A cross is delivered by Ben Watson, Header from close in by Victor Moses misses to the left of the target.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner, Vincent Kompany takes a shot.
Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Mohamed Diame takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Sergio Aguero has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Micah Richards takes a shot.
James McArthur challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Emmerson Boyce.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Victor Moses from the right by-line.
James Milner takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Effort on goal by Adam Johnson from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
Gael Clichy takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
Corner taken short by James Milner.
Vincent Kompany fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the direct free kick.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Sergio Aguero goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Adrian Lopez on David Silva. A save by Ali Al Habsi from penalty by Carlos Tevez. Man City 1-0 Wigan.
Franco Di Santo has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Goal scored by Sergio Aguero from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.
The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, Adrian Lopez manages to make a clearance.
David Silva takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by James McArthur results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards by James McArthur. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Emmerson Boyce.
Foul by Vincent Kompany on Franco Di Santo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Aguero treble keeps Tevez in the shade
Sergio Aguero scored a brilliant Barclays Premier League hat-trick in a 3-0 win against Wigan to overshadow completely the return of his compatriot Carlos Tevez to the Manchester City starting line-up.
Aguero was almost unplayable as he vied for the man-of-the-match honours with equally impressive David Silva.
As for Tevez, his less-than-rapturous welcome from the City faithful was compounded by a feeble penalty miss.
This was a steamrollering for Wigan as City made light of the upheaval caused by the departure of chief executive Garry Cook on Friday.
City manager Roberto Mancini could even afford to be leave out Edin Dzeko, scorer of four goals in their last match, and keep him fresh for the club's debut in Champions League against Napoli on Wednesday.
City demonstrated their threat in the opening minutes when Adam Johnson brought down the ball nicely but produced a shot only a golfer would have been proud of, lofted over the bar.
Silva brought a comfortable save out of Ali Al Habsi, before Joleon Lescott headed over from a couple of yards out.
The writing already looked to be on the wall for Wigan, and so it proved as Aguero fired home in the 13th minute.
Tevez was involved, scampering down the left before cutting the ball inside to Silva. His feint wrong-footed Wigan and he fed Aguero, on the right of the area, who shot through Figueroa's legs into the far corner.
If it seemed ominous for Wigan, they were nearly back in the game when Figueroa's ball over the defence caught Vincent Kompany sleeping and Franco Di Santo poked the ball past Joe Hart, but wide of the post too.
Tevez hardly endeared himself to the City fans further by having a weak penalty saved.
Silva won the spot-kick, felled by a crazy lunge from Adrian Lopez, and though Aguero appeared to keen to take it, Tevez insisted.
Aguero continued to impress, bending a shot from the left just past the top corner, then Johnson blasted a couple of yards high from 25 yards out.
Micah Richards hit the underside of the crossbar after a lovely Tevez through-ball - the assistant referee correctly judging the ball did not bounce over the line - before some more Aguero magic saw the Argentinian go inches wide again.
City fans could hardly believe their side were not two up when first Lescott headed against the upright and then Yaya Toure rifled the rebound narrowly passed the other post.
Wigan had had little to shout about and when Victor Moses did get his head to a free-kick he was unable to find the target.
With half-time looming, Hart demonstrated his importance to City with a one-on-one block to deny Di Santo after a deflected shot landed at his feet.
City began the second half in much the same fashion - chances galore without the finishing touch.
Such wastefulness seemed to be inviting Wigan to respond, and they came agonisingly close to doing so when the impressive Moses fed Hugo Rodallega and he teed himself for a fierce drive that Hart managed to keep out by a combination of his hand and leg.
That sparked the end of Tevez's afternoon, replaced by Samir Nasri, and almost immediately City made the game safe.
Nasri was involved as well, nudging a backheel from Silva into Aguero's path and his perfectly-placed curling shot ended up nestling low in the corner of the net.
Aguero's hat-trick arrived in the 69th minute, courtesy of more outstanding play from Silva who spun off his markers and delivered a gorgeous through-ball. Aguero just needed to keep his cool, and he did so with aplomb, rolling the ball easily past Al Habsi.
With the game wrapped up Mancini sent on Mario Balotelli for his hat-trick hero, who departed to a deafening standing ovation.
Johnson should have made it 4-0 but shot too close to the keeper, and then curled wide when handed another chance.
There may be no Cook at City any more - but this was still a feast.
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