Man City 4 Newcastle 0

Fabricio Coloccini

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At the Etihad Stadium



Manchester City 4 (Silva 6, Aguero 22, Toure 51, Nasri 75)

Newcastle United 0



Ten-man Newcastle United suffered an opening day 4-0 defeat away at Manchester City on Monday night.


City grabbed two goals either side of half-time - David Silva and Sergio Aguero netting before the interval, with Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri adding to the tally after the restart.


And the Magpies' cause was not helped by a straight red card for defender Steven Taylor on the stroke of half-time, having clashed with Aguero.


Silva headed City in front early on and Aguero doubled their advantage, putting the finishing touch on a fine breakaway goal.


Once Taylor received his marching orders there was only going to be one outcome and Toure fired home a free-kick before substitute Nasri added number four.


It was no more than the hosts deserved for a dominant display and United boss Alan Pardew will look to pick his troops up before they host West Ham on Saturday.


Goalkeeper Tim Krul, making his first competitive appearance since April, was called into action with less than two minutes on the clock.


Pablo Zabaleta exchanged passes with Jesus Navas down the right before making his way into the box, and although he wasn't able to get a shot away, the ball fell kindly for Aguero, who was denied by Krul.


United's Dutch international excelled again almost immediately, tipping behind an Edin Dzeko shot which was heading for the bottom corner as City made a strong start under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.


And having threatened, they were ahead on six minutes. Dzeko's cross from the left was blocked by Taylor but Silva was on hand to nod home from around six yards.


The visitors thought they had provided an instant response as Yoan Gouffran slotted home past Joe Hart, but the Frenchman was ruled offside having been the recipient of Hatem Ben Arfa's pass.


But CIty made it two midway through the half with a fine team goal, finished by Aguero.


Vincent Kompany robbed Papiss Cisse deep in the hosts' half and strode forward with the ball, before finding Dzeko, whose inventive flick set Aguero away.


The Argentine had Steven Taylor for company but used his pace to gain a yard on the centre-back before drilling a low, angled drive beyond Krul.


City, while still having plenty of possession, were comfortable and able to take their foot off the pedal for the remainder of the half.


But a tough evening for the Magpies got even harder when they lost Jonas Gutierrez to injury a minute before the interval, and then saw Taylor given his marching orders on the stroke of half-time.


As the centre-back manouvered himself into position to head away a long ball, his arm struck Aguero, and referee Andre Marriner had no hesitation in producing a red card.


Ten against 11 in the second period was always going to be a tough ask for the Magpies and so it proved but Krul came to their rescue just minutes after the restart.


Aguero wriggled free on the left of the area and his dinked cross was met by the unmarked Dzeko five yards out. It had to be a goal but Krul had other ideas, flying full-length to this left to brilliantly claw the ball away.


However, the stopper was helpless to prevent City's third goal on 50 minutes, Toure curling a stunning 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to extend the hosts' advantage even further.


Krul was single-handedly keeping the scoreline down and produced another fine stop, this time low down to his right, to prevent Dzeko's strike sneaking in the bottom corner.


But the Citizens grabbed their fourth of the evening on 75 minutes. A through ball from Pablo Zabaleta ran loose but substitute Samir Nasri was onto it like a flash, riding the challenge of Mathieu Debuchy before slotting home a left-footed effort.



Manchester City (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c) (Javi Garcia 71), Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy; Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, David Silva (Alvaro Negredo 80); Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero (Samir Nasri 61)


Subs not used: Costel Pantilimon, Aleksandar Kolarov, Jack Rodwell, James Milner



Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Cheick Tiote, Moussa SissokoHatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 64), Yoan Gouffran (Paul Dummett 45), Jonas Gutierrez (Vurnon Anita 44); Papiss Cisse


Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi



Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)


Bookings: Manchester City - Dzeko (31), Fernandinho (32); Newcastle - Yanga-Mbiwa (31), Sissoko (33), Debuchy (40)


Sendings off: Manchester City - none; Newcastle United - Taylor (45)



Attendance: 46,842

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