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Men's Match Report | Season 2016/17

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Watford 0
Manchester City Club Crest Man City 5

LANDMARK STRIKE: Aguero celebrates equalling his record goal tally for  the club in a single season

LANDMARK STRIKE: Aguero celebrates equalling his record goal tally for the club in a single season

Premier League Vicarage Road Att:20829 Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Watford

0
0 - 5

Manchester City

5

Kompany 5'

Agüero 23', 36'

Fernandinho 41'

de Jesus 59'

Referee
Jonathan Moss
Matchday centre

Watford:

  • Gomes
  • Holebas
  • Behrami
  • Janmaat Eleftheriou 39’
  • Doucouré
  • Mason
  • Capoue
  • Cleverley
  • Amrabat Deeney 59’
  • Okaka
  • Niang ( Pereira 74’
Unused subs
Gilmartin, Pantilimon, Watson, Zuniga Mosquera

Manchester City:

  • Caballero
  • Otamendi
  • Clichy
  • Kompany
  • Fernandinho
  • De Bruyne
  • Touré Sagna 63’
  • Sané Navas 63’
  • de Jesus
  • Silva
  • Agüero Iheanacho 71’
Unused subs
Kolarov, Stones, Sterling, Gunn

City turned on the style at Vicarage Road, thrashing Watford 5-0 and guaranteeing qualification for the Champions League group stages in the process.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Chelsea 38 +52 93
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +60 86
3 Manchester City 38 +41 78
4 Liverpool 38 +36 76

It was the perfect end to the campaign with the Blues in irresistible form from start to finish and racing into a four-goal lead by the break.

Goals from Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero (2) and Fernandinho left the Hornets reeling and well-beaten with barely 40 minutes on the clock and Gabriel Jesus added a fifth just before the hour-mark but it could have been many more such was the Blues’ dominance. 

What happened?

City were razor sharp straight from the kick-off and nearly ahead inside the first minute as Aguero’s pressing forced Heurelho Gomes into a mistake that ended with Gabriel Jesus seeing a header cleared off the line.

However, the Blues didn’t have to wait too much longer, as Kompany continued his late scoring surge, powering home a Kevin De Bruyne corner four minutes later to give City the perfect start.

The game could have been done and dusted with less than 20 minutes played as the rampant Blues created chance after chance.

Gabriel Jesus squared the ball to Aguero when clean through but the pass didn't find its mark; then Aguero was denied by Gomes from close range as wave after wave of sky blue attacks carved Watford apart but went unrewarded.

The second goal that the Blues so richly deserved came after 23 minutes and again, De Bruyne was the architect.

As a defensive clearance fell to the Belgian midway through his own half, he slightly mis-controlled the ball but it was enough to bamboozle Abdoulaye Doucoure, allowing De Bruyne to surge forward and thread a perfect pass into Aguero’s path - the Argentinian did the rest, driving a low shot past Gomes for his 32nd of the season while KDB claimed assist No.18.

The Blues were having a field day against a dispirited Watford side who had announced in midweek manager Walter Mazzarri would be leaving after this game and the contest, such as it was, effectively ended on 36 minutes with a goal as good as you’ll see anywhere.

TOGETHER: City celebrate another goal

It began with a Gael Clichy throw-in while Kompany was treated for a cut on his face, and after a couple of intricate team passes, the ball came back to Clichy who fed David Silva. The Spaniard set Leroy Sane away on the left and his low ball was expertly turned home by Aguero for his 33rd of another prolific season.

City still hadn’t finished punishing the Hornets and five minutes later, it was 4-0 as Fernandinho, Aguero and Gabriel Jesus battled to win possession, ending with Fernandinho wriggling past a couple of challenges and slotting the ball past Gomes.

Watford improved after the re-start, but in truth, the only way was up.

BATTLE: Fernandinho competes for possession

Willy Caballero had his first save of the afternoon to make moments into the second period as Stefano Okaka cut inside Yaya Toure to whip a powerful shot that the City keeper did well to push away.

City had stepped off the gas a little in the opening 15 minutes, but slipped through the gears again just before the hour-mark as another sublime move ended with Sane crossing in for Aguero who had to score – but sliced it wide!

But the respite for Watford was brief as Gomes was soon picking the ball out of the net again. If the third goal had been special because of the team play, the fifth was a brilliant individual effort.

Aguero – superb throughout – worked his way through a couple of challenges before chipping across to Gabriel Jesus who controlled the pass in mid-air, gently lifted if past the defender and then delicately lobbed the ball into the roof of the net.

Aguero then slalomed through four challenges before almost usurping his South American team-mate with a breath-taking run that was eventually denied by Gomes.

City’s top scorer had two more efforts saved by Gomes before being substituted on 72 minutes to the acclaim of the whole ground, Watford and City fans.

Key moment:

Kompany’s majestic header set the tone for an enjoyable stroll in the sun for the Blues.

Just as City had done against Crystal Palace, the early goal made all the difference, settled any nerved and the game was done and dusted by the break.

THUMPING HEADER: Kompany puts City ahead.

 

What it means…

City clinch third spot in the Premier League and go straight into the Champions League group stages next season.

Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough sees Jurgen Klopp’s men finish fourth and face a play-off tie to qualify for the group stages.

Arsenal finish fifth and miss out on Champions League football, instead qualifying for the Europa League.

City Matchday App Star man: Sergio Aguero

WHAT A MOVE: Aguero and Sane celebrate wrapping up a wonderful team goal for City's third.

 

What’s next?

Nothing! That's the end of the line for the 2016/17 season - but what a way to end the current campaign...

 

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SMILES ALL ROUND: Kompnay and Aguero embrace to celebrate City's opener.

Vincent Kompany led Man City to an emphatic 5-0 Premier League finale at Watford – then challenged his colleagues to take that superb form into the new season come August.

Vinceny Kompany says City's display at Watford is the standard they need to reach next season

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Pep excited by City squad

ALL WRAPPED UP: Fernandinho celebrates with his team-mates after netting City's fourth goal

Boss Pep Guardiola has described his Manchester City squad as among 'the best groups I have worked with' after the Blues wrapped up a third-place Premier League finish and Champions League qualification.

City signed off the 16/17 season in style by putting five past Watford at Vicarage Road with Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero (two), Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus on target.

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City deliver final day thrashing