Match: Aston Villa vs Manchester City
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday 12th January 2020
Venue: Villa Park
Mahrez 18, 24, Aguero 28, 57, 81, Jesus 45
El Ghazi 90
Nyland, Taylor, Hause, Konsa, Mings, Elmohamady, Luiz (Nakamba), Drinkwater (Lansbury), Hourihane (Trezeguet), Grealish, El Ghazi. Unused subs: Kalinic, Chester, Guilbert, Vassilev.
Story in brief
Aston Villa endured a tough afternoon at Villa Park as Premier League champions Manchester City ran riot.
After a quiet opening, Riyad Mahrez broke the home side's resistance, driving to the edge of the box and cutting onto his left foot before passing the ball past Orjan Nyland.
A defensive mix-up allowed the Algerian to double his tally six minutes later as he nicked the ball off debutant Danny Drinkwater and thrashed it home.
City's talisman Sergio Aguero got in on the act as Villa struggled to cope with the visitors' slick passing, sending a long-range effort swerving into the top corner.
Gabriel Jesus tapped home with the last kick of the first half before Aguero made it five 12 minutes after the restart.
The Argentine was on top form and he completed his hat-trick by smashing the ball past Nyland at his near post.
Anwar El Ghazi converted a penalty in stoppage time to end a tough afternoon for his side.
Difficult debut for Drinkwater
Danny Drinkwater completed a loan move from Chelsea earlier in the week and he went straight into the starting line-up against City.
The midfielder started well as Villa looked to contain the visitors before they broke free from the shackles and gave the entire Villa team a torrid afternoon.
Drinkwater will hope there are better days to come as he begins his career in claret and blue.
A beacon of hope
Jack Grealish's importance to Aston Villa has never been greater.
The homegrown hero was composed as ever, winning free-kicks and driving his team on whenever he could.
With his team seeing precious little of the ball, the 24-year-old's influence was diminished against the champions but he'll continue to be the driving force for this team.
Sergio Aguero was in the mood for goals on Sunday.
City's main man has helped to transform the fortunes of his club since he came to English football in 2011, firing them to every domestic honour.
And his second goal at Villa Park saw him overtake Thierry Henry to become the highest scoring foreign player in Premier League history.
In keeping with the rest of is City career, he went onto complete his hat-trick - the 12th of his Premier League career, taking him above Alan Shearer for the most trebles.
Aston Villa are back in Premier League action next weekend when they travel to the South Coast to take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
After the trip to play the Seagulls, Villa are back at home for a midweek clash against Watford. You can secure your tickets for the game here.