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Gabriel Jesus scores but Aguero's Argentina falter

SAVED: Paraguay's 'keeper guessed right to deny Segio Aguero from the spot.

SAVED: Paraguay's 'keeper guessed right to deny Segio Aguero from the spot.

City’s mixed fortune in the latest round of international fixtures continued as their South American stars took to the field in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

After John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan featured for England and Germany, it was the turn Sergio Aguero, Claudio Bravo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus to test themselves in World Cup qualifying.

It was a disappointment for Aguero’s Argentina, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Paraguay in Cordoba.

Missing the suspended Nicolas Otamendi and Pablo Zabaleta, La Albiceleste might have salvaged a point, but the Blues striker was denied from 12 yards from by ‘keeper Justo Villar.

However, for those of a sky blue persuasion, there were positives as our Argentinean ace, who played the full 90 minutes, came through unscathed to allay any injury fears ahead of Everton on Saturday.

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In Merida, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus - who’ll be aiding Aguero in the goal-getting stakes from January - had reason to celebrate.

Selecao boss Tite picked both players from the start against Venezuela, with the young forward making an immediate impact.  

An error from the opposition gave Gabriel the opportunity to continue his fine form at international level, as he capitalised on a poor pass to execute a sumptuous chip, which gave Brazil an early lead in a victory that sent them to the top of the South American World Cup qualifying section.

There were positives for Claudio Bravo too, whose Chile side delivered a timely performance to give their qualification chances a much needed boost.

The skipper led his side to a 2-1 victory over Peru, which sees them move within two points of Aguero’s Argentina in fifth place.

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Stones and Gundogan take to international stage

LINEUP: Stones lines up for England ahead of the Slovenia test

It was a mixed night for City's international stars as the World Cup qualifiers continued on Tuesday night.

City players John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane were all in international action across Europe.

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Shearer deserves respect says Aguero

DELIGHT: Aguero celebrates his goal

Sergio Aguero says of all the Premier League strikers in the current top 20 most goals list, former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer is the greatest – though Frank Lampard is Kun’s personal favourite.

Sergio Aguero rates the greatest Premier League goal-scorers of all-time

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We Meet Again: Everton

WE MEET AGAIN: City and Everton lock horns once more

Saturday marks the 181st meeting between the blue sides of Manchester and Merseyside as the Premier League returns following the international break.

It promises to be an intriguing clash between two of the season’s early pacesetters and so, to get you in the mood, here’s a look at some classic clashes, as well as a tribute to a man equally revered at both Man City and Everton…