New Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed a dream Premier League start as his side swept past 10-man Newcastle with a superb display.

City began at a frantic pace with an energised Edin Dzeko crossing for David Silva's early opener.

Sergio Aguero steered a shot past Tim Krul for City's second before Steven Taylor saw red for a swipe at Aguero.

Yaya Toure curled in a free-kick after the break before Samir Nasri scored late on as City cruised to victory.

It was a resounding performance by an irrepressible-looking City, with summer signings Fernandinho and Jesus Navas handed starts and appearing accomplished throughout. Fellow debutant Alvaro Negredo also came on in the second half and was denied a goal after being ruled marginally offside.

Dangerous Dzeko

  • Despite not scoring, Edin Dzeko's total of eight shots is more than he managed in any Premier League game last season.
  • Source: Opta

Indeed, had Krul not been in inspired form, the margin of victory could have been even greater for Pellegrini's side, who have won their last eight games against the Magpies.

Although the new additions adjusted well, it was Dzeko who was City's outstanding performer as he created two goals and peppered the Newcastle goal with several more efforts.

City have been the biggest spenders in the close season, investing nearly £87m on four new players, and their performance at a buoyant Etihad Stadium will give their Premier League title rivals plenty to consider, with the transfer window shutting on 2 September.

Pardew angered by Arsenal's Cabaye bid

In contrast, Newcastle suffered a nightmare start to their campaign, and the mood of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will hardly have improved after Arsenal made a £10m bid for midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the build-up to the game - the Frenchman was subsequently left out of the Magpies' squad.

The hosts, whose only sour note was losing captain Vincent Kompany with what looked like a groin injury, could easily have been two goals to the good before they actually took the lead. First Aguero, and then Dzeko, drew fine saves from Krul after penetrating runs down the right by Pablo Zabaleta, who signed a new four-year contract before the game.

Pellegrini only had to wait until the sixth minute of his Premier League bow to see his team take the lead, though. Dzeko was involved again as he collected Silva's through ball down the left side of the penalty area and crossed for the Spaniard to head home after the ball took a deflection off Taylor's shoulder.

Newcastle, who only secured their Premier League status in their penultimate game of last season, could not cope with City as the hosts poured forward with pace and width.

The combination of Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote in centre midfield gave the Magpies back four little protection and Dzeko dragged another chance wide before he cleverly set up City's second goal after 22 minutes.

The visitors were actually on the attack but Kompany dispossessed Yoan Gouffran, before surging to the other end of the pitch. The Belgian's driven pass was then flicked on by Dzeko and Aguero took it in his stride before outpacing Taylor and finding the bottom corner beautifully.

Pellegrini pumped his fists in celebration of a great start to his City career.

Hatem Ben Arfa was an isolated threat for Newcastle, who were limited to Gouffran's effort being ruled out for offside and Tiote's long-range shot being comfortably saved by Joe Hart.

And if the gulf between the two sides was not enough during the first half, it got worse for Pardew's side just before the break. Jonas Gutierrez went off injured and then Taylor received his marching orders for swinging at Aguero as the pair challenged for a high ball.

Krul, who had an outstanding evening, denied Dzeko twice in the second half, saving a point-blank header and then a 25-yard shot.

But he could do little to stop Toure's free-kick as the Ivorian curled it into the top corner five minutes after the restart following a trip on Aguero.

Newcastle's misery was complete when Zabaleta's pass made its way through to substitute Nasri, who fired past a helpless Krul.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:

"The performance up until the sending off was pretty sound. The two goals City scored, they have a lot of talent, but we threatened their goal and we looked like we could get something.

"But it was a silly act from Steven Taylor and he has apologised to the lads.

"Goalkeeper Tim Krul was fantastic and needed to be because Manchester City will not lose many games this season. At the end of the day we have just lost a game, nothing else, and have two home games coming up now."

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 4-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Silva 6
  • Aguero 22
  • Toure 50
  • Nasri 75

    Man City

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 46,842
    MAN CITY
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Man City 55%
    • Newcastle 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Man City 11
    • Newcastle 1

    Attempts off target

    • Man City 9
    • Newcastle 4

    Corners

    • Man City 8
    • Newcastle 1

    Fouls

    • Man City 9
    • Newcastle 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:03 The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+1:38 Cheick Tiote manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:35 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 90:00+1:13 Clearance made by Paul Dummett.
    • 90:00+1:12 A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 90:00+0:04 Alvaro Negredo takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+0:02 Gael Clichy sends in a cross.
    • 89:42 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:48 Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal. Tim Krul makes a block.
    • 85:53 Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:30 Alvaro Negredo is caught offside.
    • 85:27 Headed chance falls to Francisco Javi Garcia. Tim Krul parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 85:23 Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
    • 84:55 Clearance by Sammy Ameobi.
    • 84:53 Paul Dummett manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:57 Sammy Ameobi makes a clearance.
    • 82:52 Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:51 Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:44 Clearance by Cheick Tiote.
    • 81:48 Clearance by Samir Nasri.
    • 80:53 Clearance by Joleon Lescott.
    • 80:22 A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 79:39 Substitution Alvaro Negredo joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Silva.
    • 79:04 Header by Edin Dzeko goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 79:00 Gonzalez Jesus Navas delivers the ball.
    • 78:49 Vurnon Anita has an effort at goal. Blocked by Francisco Javi Garcia.
    • 77:29 Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:02 Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball.
    • 76:32 Cheick Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:12 Papiss Cisse fouled by Yaya Toure, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 75:31 Gonzalez Jesus Navas makes a clearance.
    • 75:27 Clearance made by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
    • 74:17 Pablo Zabaleta provided the assist for the goal.
    • 74:17 GOAL - Samir NasriMan City 4 - 0 Newcastle Samir Nasri scores with a left foot finish. Man City 4-0 Newcastle.
    • 72:21 Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 72:19 Clearance made by Francisco Javi Garcia.
    • 72:17 Papiss Cisse sends in a cross.
    • 70:54 Clearance by Luis Fernandinho.
    • 70:53 Clearance by Francisco Javi Garcia.
    • 70:50 A cross is delivered by Paul Dummett.
    • 70:50 Clearance made by Paul Dummett.
    • 70:49 Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 70:46 Pablo Zabaleta manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:45 The ball is sent over by Paul Dummett.
    • 70:31 Substitution Francisco Javi Garcia comes on in place of Vincent Kompany.
    • 67:04 Header by Edin Dzeko goes to the left of the goal.
    • 67:00 Corner taken by David Silva.
    • 66:32 Paul Dummett manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:31 A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 65:24 Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 65:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Dummett on Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 64:15 Substitution Hatem Ben Arfa goes off and Sammy Ameobi comes on.
    • 63:09 Hatem Ben Arfa manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:07 Cheick Tiote makes a clearance.
    • 63:05 Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri.
    • 62:38 Edin Dzeko takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Tim Krul prevents the goal.
    • 61:49 Vurnon Anita makes a clearance.
    • 61:46 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.
    • 61:37 Cheick Tiote manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:06 Substitution Samir Nasri replaces Sergio Aguero.
    • 60:22 Clearance by Vurnon Anita.
    • 60:19 Corner from the right by-line taken by David Silva.
    • 58:33 Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
    • 58:06 Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.
    • 58:05 The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy.
    • 58:01 Tim Krul makes a clearance.
    • 57:57 Luis Fernandinho sends in a cross.
    • 57:07 Free kick taken by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
    • 56:41 Yaya Toure challenges Vurnon Anita unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 56:34 Clearance made by Vurnon Anita.
    • 56:31 Corner taken by David Silva.
    • 56:02 Gael Clichy has an effort at goal. Blocked by Mathieu Debuchy.
    • 55:47 Paul Dummett makes a clearance.
    • 55:45 Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
    • 55:44 Gonzalez Jesus Navas delivers the ball.
    • 53:40 Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 53:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Moussa Sissoko.
    • 52:35 David Silva has an effort at goal. Tim Krul parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 52:24 Papiss Cisse manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:24 A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • Correction - 52:22 Short corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas from the .
    • 52:22 Short corner taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 51:59 Paul Dummett makes a clearance.
    • 51:57 Gonzalez Jesus Navas sends in a cross.
    • 49:59 GOAL - Yaya Toure Man City 3 - 0 Newcastle Free kick scored by Yaya Toure. Man City 3-0 Newcastle.
    • 49:01 Mathieu Debuchy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero.
    • 48:49 Clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 48:47 Headed chance falls to Edin Dzeko. Tim Krul parries the effort to safety.
    • 48:45 Sergio Aguero crosses the ball.
    • 48:38 Paul Dummett manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:37 Sergio Aguero crosses the ball.
    • 47:55 Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 47:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Fernandinho on Mathieu Debuchy.
    • 46:27 Yaya Toure takes the free kick.
    • 46:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hatem Ben Arfa on Yaya Toure.
    • 45:01 The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:48 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+3:59 David Silva takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+3:45 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Paul Dummett coming on for Yoan Gouffran.
    • 45:00+2:05 The referee shows Steven Taylor a red card.
    • 45:00+2:05 Sent off
    • 45:00+2:04 Steven Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Aguero.
    • Correction - 45:00+1:48 Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:48 Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 45:00+1:16 Unfair challenge on Yoan Gouffran by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick.
    • 45:00+1:06 Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
    • 44:42 Header by Edin Dzeko misses right.
    • 44:40 A cross is delivered by Sergio Aguero.
    • 44:05 Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Joe Hart catches the ball.
    • 43:21 Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 43:10 Substitution Vurnon Anita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 42:15 Moussa Sissoko fouled by Edin Dzeko, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 41:39 Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 41:05 Jonas Gutierrez handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
    • 41:01 Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
    • 40:55 Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 40:06 Edin Dzeko challenges Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 39:06 Mathieu Debuchy goes into the referee's book.
    • 39:06 Booking
    • 38:01 Clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 36:55 Shot by Hatem Ben Arfa went wide right of the post.
    • 36:30 Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
    • 34:16 Free kick crossed by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
    • 33:00 Booking for Moussa Sissoko.
    • 33:00 Booking
    • 32:38 Moussa Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Aguero.
    • 32:22 Clearance by Vincent Kompany.
    • 32:13 Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:55 Luis Fernandinho goes into the referee's book.
    • 31:55 Booking
    • 31:44 Yoan Gouffran fouled by Luis Fernandinho, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 31:17 Cheick Tiote makes a clearance.
    • 31:13 Cheick Tiote makes a clearance.
    • 31:11 Gonzalez Jesus Navas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 30:38 Edin Dzeko receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 30:38 Booking
    • 30:34 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa shown a yellow card.
    • 30:34 Booking
    • 30:09 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko.
    • 29:40 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.
    • 28:55 Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:23 Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:21 Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball.
    • 27:18 David Silva takes the free kick.
    • 27:00 Foul by Mathieu Debuchy on Sergio Aguero, free kick awarded.
    • 26:09 Clearance by Edin Dzeko.
    • 26:06 Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa from the right by-line.
    • 25:42 Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort at goal. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.
    • 23:15 Clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 23:11 Centre by Mathieu Debuchy.
    • 21:25 The assist for the goal came from Edin Dzeko.
    • 21:25 GOAL - Sergio AgueroMan City 2 - 0 Newcastle Sergio Aguero scores with their right foot. Man City 2-0 Newcastle.
    • 19:52 Edin Dzeko takes a shot and went wide right of the target.
    • 19:01 Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
    • 18:36 Clearance made by Gael Clichy.
    • 18:36 The offside flag is raised against Papiss Cisse.
    • 18:00 Free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.
    • 17:44 Yaya Toure is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 17:10 Moussa Sissoko manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:54 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:19 Clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.
    • 14:48 Clearance made by Gael Clichy.
    • 14:44 Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 13:48 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 9:57 Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
    • 9:25 Yoan Gouffran is caught offside.
    • 5:55 GOAL - David SilvaMan City 1 - 0 Newcastle David Silva scores a headed goal. Man City 1-0 Newcastle.
    • 5:53 Clearance made by Steven Taylor.
    • 5:52 The ball is sent over by Edin Dzeko.
    • 5:32 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:26 Shot by Hatem Ben Arfa went over the net.
    • 4:25 Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:45 Header by Joleon Lescott misses to the right of the target.
    • 3:41 Corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.
    • 3:15 Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal. Tim Krul turns it away with a finger tip save.
    • 2:01 Shot by David Silva. Blocked by Moussa Sissoko.
    • 1:59 Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal. A parry by Tim Krul prevents the goal.
    • 1:56 Clearance made by Steven Taylor.
    • 1:00 Tim Krul takes the free kick.
    • 0:26 The official flags Sergio Aguero offside.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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