Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off.
Aguero also missed two penalties – the first saved and second powered over – either side of David Silva’s opener.
The Argentina international had his first attempt from 12 yards saved by goalkeeper Goalkeeper Florin Nita, before blasting a second spot kick over the bar after David Silva’s opener.
Aguero eventually made amends when he doubled City’s lead late in the first half with a calm finish, with Nolito piling even more misery on the hosts in the second half to make it 3-0.
City rounded off an easy win and it was Aguero who had the final say with a late double to complete his treble.
The fourth came in the 78th minute as Aguero converted at the end of an intricate passing move by firing into the bottom-left corner, and he hit home his third in off the post to add further gloss to the scoreline a minute from time.
City survived an early scare when Nicolae Stanciu nearly took advantage of some sloppy play from Fernandinho, but they were in full control from there on and should have gone a goal up in the eighth minute when referee Daniele Orsato awarded them a penalty following Muniru Sulley’s foul on Sterling.
The second leg is in Manchester on Wednesday, 24 August, with the winners reaching the group stage.