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Manchester City 4 – Newcastle United 0: Sky Blues dominate at the Etihad (Video)

Aug 19, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for Manchester City to confirm their title contenders’ credentials, with the Sky Blues laying siege to visiting Newcastle from the match’s opening kickoff. Within six minutes, the former champions were on the scoresheet, their first goal en route to a 4-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

David Silva opened the scoring from seven yards out, heading home a deflected cross from Edin Dzeko. The Bosnia striker also played a key role on City’s second goal, his 22nd minute backheel for Sergio Aguero allowing the Argentine to open his 2013-14 account.

Near halftime, Newcastle were reduced to 10 men, Steven Taylor having been shown a straight red card after his left forearm hit Aguero in the back of the head. By that time, the Magpies were also without Jonas Gutierrez, the Argentine winger leaving injured near the end of the first half.

Early in the second, Yaya Touré‘s direct kick from 22 yards out put City up 3-0, and with Newcastle playing down a man, the Citizens appeared set to post an embarrassing number. But their next goal didn’t come until the 75th minute, with Samir Nasri finally adding to City’s goal total. Taking advantage of Mathieu Debuchy before finishing inside Krul’s left post, City’s second half substitute made it 4-0.

At full-time, Manchester City had outshot the Magpies 19 to 5, putting 11 shots on goal to Newcastle’s one while holding 62 percent of the game’s possession.

source: ReutersThe news wasn’t all good for City, who were forced to remove captain Vincent Kompany after he emerged from a 69th minute challenge grasping his left groin. The Belgian international was immediately replaced by Javi Garcia.

With lopsided result leaves City first after week one, their +4 goal difference besting rival Manchester United for the Premier League’s top spot. The result also leaves Newcastle in 20th place, goal difference leaving them one spot behind Swansea City.

Lineups

Manchester City: Joe HartPablo ZabaletaVincent Kompany (Javi Garcia 71′), Joleon LescottGael Clichy; Jesus Navas, FernandinhoYaya Toure, David Silva (Alvaro Negredo 80′); Sergio Aguero (Samir Nasri 61′), Edin Dzeko; Unused: Costel Pantilimon; Jack Rodwell; James Milner; Aleksandr Kolarov

Newcastle United: Tim KrulMathieu DebuchySteven Taylor, Fabriccio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote; Yoan Gouffran (Paul Dummett (45+4′), Hatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 65′), Jonas Gutierrez (Vurnon Anita 43′); Papiss Cisse; Unused: Robert Elliot; Sylvain Marveaux; Gabriel Obertan; Shola Ameobi.

  1. medic0nduty - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Great showing from City. Dzeko and Aguero both played well, Yaya did a good job in the midfield and scored a nice free kick to boot, and Fernandinho and Negredo both looked solid (Negredo should have had that goal, though). Navas in particular stood out to me; he was always posing a threat down the right hand side and just didn’t seem to run out of stamina.

    All in all, great start for City.

  2. scottp11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Do we need eight (8!) different posts about the City-Newcastle game? Seems excessive here.

    • Richard Farley - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      Thanks for the feedback, Scott.

    • haniraheeb - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Lets make it 9

  3. drewvt6 - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    …so did the teams get out of the showers yet? Who wore jeans? who had slacks?

  4. footballer4ever - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Omg, some football fans can be demanding…not enough this, not enough that…too much of this, too much of that…..Steve is being kind just to reply to you, but you don’t have to access those “excessive” posts if you don’t like…as simple as that…unless it’s your favorite football club then that might be the exception, i guess.

    • scottp11 - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Hey, I think 8 posts on a blowout, relatively uninteresting match is a bit excessive. Champions League final? End of season PL match to determine champion? MLS Cup or SS race? Sure.

      I’ve been reading Steve Davis since he was at the Dallas Morning News, years ago. I saw him in the grocery store a few months back in my neighborhood. I’ve been reading here since day 1. I like all the Prem coverage and all the new, worldly writers. The site is great.

      Just 8 is a bit excessive. Sure, I don’t have to click on them. But 8 posts does indeed take up a lot of real estate on a single-page format blog.

      Online news media, blogging and sites (like newspapers) rely on relatively forward, identifiable and easy-to-access content. So when we readers here at PST want to read about something other than 8 posts regarding a dull match, it takes time to do so.

      As for above, I do apologize Richard, I should have been more elaborate. I’m at work and just wanted to chime in quickly.

  5. footballer4ever - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Might as well rounded off and make it 10. Just because it doesn’tmeet your fancy, it does not mean that it’s wrong. A respectful reader /fan takes into consideration an author has reasons, unknown to you, why things are done that might seem not to make sense to you, but that is why he gets paid the big bucks to make his own decisions.

  6. mikeevergreen - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Newc and Pewc! Enjoy the Magpie Stew, Sky Blues!

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