Manchester City FC made a spectacular start to life under Manuel Pellegrini as they blew away Newcastle United FC 4-0 in their Premier League opener.
With champions Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC both having won the first games under their own new managers, City had their own point to prove. And from the kick-off it was clear that the 2011/12 title-winners would delight their home fans.
Pellegrini gave City debuts to fellow summer arrivals Jesús Navas and Fernandinho, and although Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul made early saves from Sergio Agüero and Edin Džeko, he was powerless to stop David Silva's sixth-minute header. A second goal only looked a matter of time and arrived in the 22nd minute, Vincent Kompany and Džeko combining to send Agüero clear to beat Krul with a precise shot just inside the post.
It got worse for Newcastle just before the break when Steven Taylor was sent off and five minutes into the second half Yaya Touré's free-kick made it 3-0 soon after Krul had brilliantly denied Džeko. With 15 minutes left Samir Nasri completed the scoring, rushing on to a loose ball and calmly finishing.
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|Last updated: 22/08/2013 15:50 CET|
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