By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 5 (Aguero 2 pen, Nasri 12, Dzeko 21, Silva 51, 53)
Newcastle United 0
Newcastle United suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as they went down 5-0 away at Barclays Premier League champions Mancheser City.
David Silva bagged a brace, while Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko were also on target for the rampant Citizens, who dominated from start to finish at the Etihad Stadium.
Aguero got the ball rolling from the penalty spot inside the opening two minutes, following Vurnon Anita's foul on Dzeko, before Nasri produced a fine close-range effort soon after to double their lead.
Dzeko made it three with just 21 minutes on the clock, giving Silva's exquisite pass the control and finish it deserved.
Early in the second half Silva turned from provider to poacher, netting twice in as many minutes. The first was a simple effort after being picked out by Nasri, but the second was a superb half-volley from the edge of the area which flew past Krul.
The result put an emphatic end to United's three-game unbeaten run and they will look to bounce back straight away when Aston Villa arrive on Tyneside next Saturday.
Newcastle got off to the worst possible start with just 27 seconds on the clock.
When Anita lost possession to Dzeko wide on the right, he tried to atone for his error but only succeeded in clumsily fouling the big striker inside the area, leaving referee Chris Foy no choice but to award a penalty.
And Aguero did the honours from the spot, confidently side-footing into the bottom corner past the static figure of Tim Krul.
United attempted a response and weren't too far away courtesy of Daryl Janmaat, who given time and space to race down the right flank, cut in and send a left-footed rising drive inches off target.
But City were in superb form and doubled their advantage after 12 minutes, when Dzeko's pass deflected into Nasri's path and the French international showed outstanding composure in a crowded penalty box before slotting into the top corner.
Dzeko wasn't too far away from number three soon after, turning Massadio Haidara on the edge of the area and curling over the bar, but the Bosnian front man didn't have to wait long to get on the scoresheet.
Silva lofted an inch-perfect pass over the head of Fabricio Coloccini which Dzeko took on his chest before sending a low, first-time effort under Krul for goal number three.
The hosts were nowhere near done and Fernandinho drove straight into Krul's arms from distance, but they were unable to add to their tally before half-time.
Abeid powered his way through a couple of challenges before reaching the halfway line and feeding Sissoko. The French international lofted a cross to the far post which Cisse met on the volley.
His strike was clean and got a slight deflection, which made the resulting save from Joe Hart - clawing it out of the top corner - even more impressive.
But rather than the scoreline reading 3-1, it was 4-0 in the 51st minute through the excellent Silva.
When Aguero picked up the ball inside his own half there appeared little on, but the Argentine left Janmaat and Abeid in his wake as he sped infield, picking out Nasri in a good shooting position.
Nasri opted to pull it back for Silva, however, who took a touch before applying the coolest of finishes.
And less than two minutes after grabbing his first, the Spanish schemer was on target again as City made it five without reply.
Aguero chested Yaya Toure's delivery into the path of Silva, who struck it first time, hard and low past the despairing dive of Krul and into the bottom corner.
On 72 minutes Krul raced off his line to dive at the feet of Dzeko and prevent a sixth goal for the home side, shortly before diverting a strike from debutant substitute Wilfried Bony over the top.
And that was the end of the action as Newcastle suffered their heaviest defeat since April 2013 - when they went down 6-0 against Liverpool.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; David Silva (Jesus Navas 59), Sergio Aguero (Wilfried Bony 60), Samir Nasri (Frank Lampard 70); Edin Dzeko
Subs not used: Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, Fernando
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (Ryan Taylor 70), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Mehdi Abeid 46), Jack Colback; Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 86)
Referee: Chis Foy (Lancashire)
Bookings: Manchester City - Kompany (37), Toure (39); Newcastle - Anita (6), Colback (29)