LONDON • In an outstanding display of marksmanship, striker Sergio Aguero blasted in five goals in 20 minutes to send Manchester City back to the top of the English Premier League after a 6-1 demolition of Newcastle.
With just one league goal so far this season, the Argentinian's prolific afternoon saw him return to form in style.
City now lead the standings on 18 points, two ahead of Manchester United who meet Arsenal today.
Although the Magpies took the lead at the Etihad Stadium through Aleksandar Mitrovic in the 18th minute, City roared into life through Aguero's equaliser with a diving header in the 42nd.
Last season's top scorer in the league with 26 goals, he went on to complete the rout with further strikes with his left and right feet to cap a complete performance.
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Attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne netted City's other goal with a volley.
Yohan Cabaye scored one and made another as Crystal Palace continued their strong start to the EPL season by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0.
Cabaye teed up Yannick Bolasie for a 68th-minute header and scored a late penalty to earn Alan Pardew's side a deserved win.
Wilfried Zaha was Palace's other outstanding player, two days after being left out of the England squad by Roy Hodgson.
And after the Baggies' Chris Brunt had brought the winger down with a tired challenge, Cabaye netted from the spot to register his second penalty in consecutive games.