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Gallery: Sterling secures perfect league start

Raheem Sterling ensured a perfect start to City's Premier League title defence by scoring three of City's five goals against West Ham.

Sterling was in sensational form to register an unstoppable hat-trick, with Gabriel Jesus and substitute Sergio Aguero also in the goals.

Jesus opened the scoring before Sterling's well-taken first strike, and the Brazil international had the ball in the net for a second time shortly after - only for his effort to be chalked off by the narrowest of offside decisions from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Aguero, making his first appearance of the season, had a penalty saved but was given a second crack of the whip after VAR adjudged West Ham stopper Lukas Fabianski to have been off his line.

The Argentine made no mistake and Sterling rounded off a perfect afternoon with City's fifth to ensure Guardiola's side recorded a statement victory in their quest for a third-consecutive league title.

See the best of the action in the images below.

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