Monday August 19, 2013 Day 1 Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 4 - 0 Newcastle United

  • Silva 6’
  • Agüero 22’
  • Touré 51’
  • Nasri 75’

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  1. Premier League - Manchester City hit four to sink 10-man Newcastle

    Premier League - Manchester City hit four to sink 10-man Newcastle

    Manchester City got the Manuel Pellegrini era off to a flyer with a resounding 4-0 win over 10-man Newcastle at the Etihad. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Newcastle United
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: A perfect start for Pellegrini who will be delighted with a 4-0 success on his PL bow.
    • 90+2' A City corner comes to nothing.
    • 90+2' Newcastle looking to see this out now and get away with just coneding the four. Krul really has been their stand-out man tonight.
    • 90+1' Three minutes have been added.
    • 90' So, it's all-but over. City 4-0 to the good and heading to the top of the table.
    • 89' Another chance for Dzeko... but it's not his night as he side foots a shot straight at Krul.
    • 88' You only have to look at that City bench to see just how strong Pellegrini's squad is. He spoke ahead of the match about challenging for all honours and there's no reason why they can't.
    • 88' Navas has been really impressive down that right flank tonight.
    • 87' City fans still urging their side forward. They want a fifth here.
    • 86' GOAL!... No, disallowed. Garcia meets the corner with a thumping header. Krul pulls off another sublime save and Negredo taps homew what he thinks is a debut goal, until the sight of the flag disrupts his celebrations.
    • 85' Corner to City.
    • 84' The hosts conserving some energy with more possession play. It's just a case of whether they want more goals here, Newcastle are just waiting for that FT whistle.
    • 83' It's been a very tough day for the Newcastle supporters but they have still been in good voice at times tonight, despite their frustrations and disappointments.
    • 82' City stroking the ball around at the back waiting for that opening. Can they get five before the night is out? It would be hard on Krul, who has had a great game in his first start in four months,
    • 81' Negredo has 10 minutes to get a goal on his bow. He must facy his chances with the supply being delivered by Navas down that right side.
    • 80' MAN CITY SUB: Negredo on for Silva.
    • 79' Navas races down the right and again crosses for Dzeko... but again the big hitman can't find the net as his header loops over the top.
    • 78' City have one more sub to make; are we going to see Negredo make his bow?
    • 77' If you like looking at the table after just one game... well, that goal means Man City will be top tonight - if Newcastle don't score of course.
    • 76' City's official Twitter account reporting that they believe the Kompany substitution could be precautionary.
    • 75' GOAL! MAN CITY 4-0 NEWCASTLE. Nasri gets in on the goal action as he races onto Zabaleta's attempted pass to Dzeko and coolly slips it beyond Krul.
    • 73' But here come City again, almost toying with that Newcastle defence.
    • 72' Newcastle enjoying some much-needed possession in the City half.
    • 71' MAN CITY SUB: Javi Garcia on for Kompany.
    • 70' Kompany hands over the captain's armband and is set to come off. City will hope it's not too serious with Matija Nastasic already out injured.
    • 69' Kompany is down injured after making a good challenge on Ameobi.
    • 68' Silva whips in the corner and Dzeko again misses the target with a tame header.
    • 67' City playing some nice triangles in and around the midfield before stepping it up a gear down the flanks - most notably with Navas. Corner ball again.
    • 65' City dominating the ball more and more as time ticks by. Newcastle chasing shadows and looking like a side desperate to hear that full-time whistle.
    • 64' NEWCASTLE SUB: Sammy Ameobi on for Ben Arfa.
    • 63' GREAT SAVE! Krul denies Dzeko once more with a fine one-handed stop to keep out the striker's fierce 25-yard drive.
    • 62' More danger as Navas skips to the byline again. Newcastle just about deal with it after a bit of a scramble.
    • 61' MAN CITY sub: Aguero replaced by Samir Nasri.
    • 60' Tiote clips a ball into Cisse on the edge of the boxx but his clever head down is again let down by a lack of support.
    • 59' City's first change looks imminent.
    • 58' Krul comes racing to the left touchline and fails to put the ball out of play but, for once, his defence helps him out and the cross into the area is cleared.
    • 57' It's all City and Newcastle don't have any answers. A long 30 minutes or so lie ahead.
    • 56' Stunning run and cross from Navas down the right is just about cleared... but the Spaniard is at it again seconds later and cuts it back for Clichy who sees his goalbound shot deflect to safety.
    • 55' A rare Newcastle attack comes to nothing as a free-kick pumped into the box runs harmlessly out of play.
    • 54' Silva gets on the end of a hoisted diagonal ball but Krul is out to deny hium at the near post. The Newcastle stopper has been superb tonight and needs to continue this form if Newcastle are to escape without a hiding.
    • 53' STAT ALERT: Yaya Toure has netted four in his last four league games against the Magpies.
    • 52' It's damage limitation time for Newcastle and you do fear for them against this free-flowing City attack.
    • 51' GOAL! Man City 3-0 Newcastle. Yaya Toure curls a sublime free-kick into the top corner to all-but wrap up the three points. A great way for Yaya to mark his 100th PL appearance.
    • 50' Free-kick to City on the edge of the box...
    • 49' WHAT A SAVE! Krul somehow keeps out Dzeko from six yards after the striker looked all set to head home the third from Aguero's dinked cross.
    • 48' Cisse wins a good flick on but the striker is very short of support up there.
    • 47' Newcastle have reorganised after Taylor's red card and PL debutant, Dummett has slotted in at left back.
    • 46' KICK OFF! City restart the game.
    • 45+5' HALF-TIME: 2-0 to City who hold all the aces against 10-man Newcastle.
    • 45+4' NEWCASTLE SUB: Paul Dummett on for Gouffran.
    • 45+3' RED CARD! Newcastle down to 10 men. Taylor may have got away with the hand ball but doesn't escape the wrath of the ref for lashing out at Aguero with the ball in the air.
    • 45+2' Three minutes added... Aguero breaks clear... the Argetine cuts inside and hammers in a shot that appears to hit the hand of Taylor. The ref says no penalty. Close call.
    • 45+1' Aguero breaks the offside trap down the left and chips in a pinpoint cross for Dzeko who guides his header wide from eight yards out. That should have been curtains for the Magpies.
    • 45' Tiote hammers in a low shot that Joe Hart does well to gather on the stretch.
    • 45' Newcastle on the attack. Can they end the half with a goal?
    • 44' NEWCASTLE SUB: Anita on for Gutierrez.
    • 43' Jonas is back on his feet but Anita is readying himself for United.
    • 42' Jonas Gutierrez attempts one of his trademark marauding runs but pulls up clutching his hamstring. Is this another blow for Newcastle today?
    • 41' The Spanish ace was taken out by Yanga-Mbiwa but the ref gave nothing. Navas is back on his feet now.
    • 40' Navas down injured for City.
    • 39' Debuchy booked for dissent.
    • 37' City playing some great stuff now. It's vital that Newcastle don't concede again before the break if they are to have any chance of recovering.
    • 36' A note on that free-kick from Navas... STAR ALERT: Navas created more chances from open play than any other player in La Liga in 2012/13 (71).
    • 35' Let off for Newcastle as another flowing move sees Fernandinoh feed Dzeko on the right of the area but the hitman slips at the vital moment.
    • 34' Free-kick to City... So CLOSE! Navas curls a delicious ball right across the six yard box and whistling past the post with Dzeko inches away from finishing it off.
    • 33' AND another yellow! Moussa Sissoko is the next name in the book as the ref dishes out a flurry of bookings.
    • 32' A BOOKING on his BOW. Fernandinho show a yellow card for a late lunge to deny Newcastle a promising counter attack.
    • 31' A DOUBLE YELLOW. Dzeko and Yanga-Mbiwa both cautioned after a brief altercation following a late challenge by the Newcastle man.
    • 30' He also suggests Cabaye is set for the Emirates... "I expect Newcastle to sell cabaye to #afc but is he really the kind off player they need right now?" What do you think? Tweet us your views?
    • 29' On Twitter, you've been impressed with City so far... @owobupikin says: "#mcfc off to a flyer here... Is this a sign of things to come this season?!!"
    • 28' Another menacing moment for City but Aguero can't control Silva's pass and the chance to shoot goes begging.
    • 27' Perhaps that is unsurprising given Newcastle's record at corners last term... STAT ALERT: The Magpies scored only one goal from a corner in the entire 2012/13 Premier League season, a league-low.
    • 26' The corner is whipped in but City's defence stands firm.
    • 25' Ben Arfa is Newcastle's biggest hope and he's causing City some real problems at times. Another probing run ends with a shot that deflects fior a corner.
    • 24' More depressing reading for the Geordies... City have won 11 and lost none of their last 13 Premier League games against Newcastle, including a current run of seven successive victories. Newcastle have scored just eight goals in their last 13 Premier League games against Man City, conceding 30.
    • 23' That stat prior to City's second goal looks like continuing for another season. Newcastle have a mountain to climb now.
    • 22' GOAL! 2-0 to City. AGUERO!!!! Dzeko back heels the ball into the Argentine's path and he does the rest, racing at Taylor before fizzing a low 20-yarder into the bottom corner.
    • 20' STAT ALERT: Newcastle have never won a Barclays Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium, drawing two and losing seven of their nine matches on City turf.
    • 19' A mix-up at the back gifts the ball to Dzeko. The striker drives towards goal but drags his shot wide of the far post.
    • 18' City well on top here. Newcastle trying to keep some possession but they are struggling to create anything of note.
    • 17' A great stat about the goalscorer.
    • 16' Ben Arfa looks lively tonight and picks up another loose ball before driving at the City defence. Great defending by Joleon Lescott though.
    • 15' A Newcastle free-kick on the far left comes to nothing.
    • 14' On Twitter @OptaJoe says: "51 - Man City have now scored in each of their last 51 Premier League home games, the longest current run in the division. Guarantee."
    • 13' ATTEMPTS: City 5-1 Newcastle.
    • 12' Debuchy pulls back a clever run by Yaya Toure in the area... NO PENALTY! Big decision from the ref. It looked like a certain spot kick.
    • 11' Elsewhere on Twitter, @JohnPordum has a different way of looking at the Cabaye situation... "Newcastle should have put a bid in for Hart, Aguero and Kompany. It seem like if you're under offer, you won't play!"
    • 10' GOAL! .... No, it's offside, Ben Arfa dances beyond three before teeing up Yoan Gouffran who slides the ball home - but the flag is up. Correct decision.
    • 9' The omens aren't in Newcastle's favour tonight... STAT ALERT: Newcastle have only won two of their 10 previous away games on the opening day of a Premier League season.
    • 8' On Twitter, @09Toona has issued a hands off Cabaye warning to Arsene Wenger! She wants the Frenchman to remain with the Magpies and on this evidence they are missing him in that midfield tonight.
    • 7' It's been on the cards from the first whistle and Pellegrini couldn't have asked for a better start to his Etihad era.
    • 6' GOAL! David Silva gives City a dream start! The Spaniard plays in Dzeko down the left and then follows in to head home after the forward's cross was deflected into his path.
    • 5' Newcastle respond and Hatem Ben Arfa drifts into space before drilling over the top from 30 yards.
    • 4' ANOTHER CHANCE! City fly out of the traps and Dzeko is denied by Krul once again.
    • 3' GREAT SAVE! Krul produces a stunning stop to keep out Aguero after Zabaleta went down in the area.
    • 2' City have paid tribute to legendary keeper, Bert Trautmann tonight following his passing earlier this year. The front page of the programme shows a picture of the German stepping out of the tunnel during his playing career while the ground has just marked the occasion with a minute's applause.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Newcastle get us underway.
    • 19.55 Just moments away from kick off now. Can City get off to a flyer under Pellegrini? Or will Newcastle put the Cabaye news behind them and pull off a shock? All will be revealed over the course of the next 90 minutes...
    • 19.50 City boss Manuel Pellegrini is relishing his maiden match in the Barclays Premier League. Speaking to press yesterday, he said: "It is my first time here in England and it is a different league. (Whether it is) more difficult or less difficult we will see during the year, but for me (it is) exactly the same. I worked for nine years in Europe and I saw a lot of matches in the Premier League every weekend. I played in the Champions League against English Premier League teams so I know about it."
    • 19.45 Why not share your pre-match views on Twitter? City fans, what is your reaction to Zabaleta's new contract? And Magpies supporters, would you now sell Cabaye if the right bid came in or is he still crucial to your hopes this term? Get involved and we'll include the best comments right here on this live matchcast.
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    • 19.40 Pardew on Cabaye: "We want to focus on getting a result here. What I can confirm is that we've had a bid for the player we don't think is acceptable... Therefore, I have to pick the team I think will get us a result. I know what my opinion is on that bid... I know it's the main focus for the media today, but I have to focus on getting a result here and trying to lead us towards a successful season."
    • 19.35 But for Newcastle it's been bad news. As alluded to earlier, their pre-match preparations have been hampered by Arsenal's bid for Cabaye.
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    • 19.30 Some interesting news has broken relating to both sides already today. Man City have been boosted by the decision of Pablo Zabaleta to sign a four-year contract extension...
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    • 19.25 Meanwhile, the big news from the Newcastle teamsheet is that they DO NOT include Yohan Cabaye in their line-up. The Frenchman is the subject of a bid from Arsenal and is not involved. Alan Pardew has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation with Papiss Cisse leading the line and Tim Krul returning following a 4-month absence.
    • 19.22 City name two of their new signings in their starting XI with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas getting the nod from Manuel Pellegrini. Sergio Aguero is fit and leads the line alongside Edin Dzeko as part of a 4-4-2 formation. One of the club's other big-name acquisitions, Alvaro Negredo is on the bench. There is no place for Stevan Jovetic.
    • 19.20 Confirmed teams: MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero... Subs: Pantilimon, Negredo, Milner, Kolarov, Garcia, Nasri, Rodwell. /// NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul, Coloccini, Sissoko, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Debuchy, Taylor, Gutierrez... Subs: Elliot, Dummett, Anita, Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
    • 19.15 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Barclays Premier League opener between Manchester City and Newcastle United from the Etihad Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 75' GOAL! MAN CITY 4-0 NEWCASTLE. Nasri gets in on the goal action as he races onto Zabaleta's attempted pass to Dzeko and coolly slips it beyond Krul.
    • 63' GREAT SAVE! Krul denies Dzeko once more with a fine one-handed stop to keep out the striker's fierce 25-yard drive.
    • 56' Stunning run and cross from Navas down the right is just about cleared... but the Spaniard is at it again seconds later and cuts it back for Clichy who sees his goalbound shot deflect to safety.
    • 51' GOAL! Man City 3-0 Newcastle. Yaya Toure curls a sublime free-kick into the top corner to all-but wrap up the three points. A great way for Yaya to mark his 100th PL appearance.
    • 49' WHAT A SAVE! Krul somehow keeps out Dzeko from six yards after the striker looked all set to head home the third from Aguero's dinked cross.
    • 45+3' RED CARD! Newcastle down to 10 men. Taylor may have got away with the hand ball but doesn't escape the wrath of the ref for lashing out at Aguero with the ball in the air.
    • 45+2' Three minutes added... Aguero breaks clear... the Argetine cuts inside and hammers in a shot that appears to hit the hand of Taylor. The ref says no penalty. Close call.
    • 45+1' Aguero breaks the offside trap down the left and chips in a pinpoint cross for Dzeko who guides his header wide from eight yards out. That should have been curtains for the Magpies.
    • 45' Tiote hammers in a low shot that Joe Hart does well to gather on the stretch.
    • 39' Debuchy booked for dissent.
    • 33' AND another yellow! Moussa Sissoko is the next name in the book as the ref dishes out a flurry of bookings.
    • 32' A BOOKING on his BOW. Fernandinho show a yellow card for a late lunge to deny Newcastle a promising counter attack.
    • 31' A DOUBLE YELLOW. Dzeko and Yanga-Mbiwa both cautioned after a brief altercation following a late challenge by the Newcastle man.
    • 22' GOAL! 2-0 to City. AGUERO!!!! Dzeko back heels the ball into the Argentine's path and he does the rest, racing at Taylor before fizzing a low 20-yarder into the bottom corner.
    • 12' Debuchy pulls back a clever run by Yaya Toure in the area... NO PENALTY! Big decision from the ref. It looked like a certain spot kick.
    • 6' GOAL! David Silva gives City a dream start! The Spaniard plays in Dzeko down the left and then follows in to head home after the forward's cross was deflected into his path.
    • 4' ANOTHER CHANCE! City fly out of the traps and Dzeko is denied by Krul once again.
    • 3' GREAT SAVE! Krul produces a stunning stop to keep out Aguero after Zabaleta went down in the area.
    • 19.20 Confirmed teams: MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero... Subs: Pantilimon, Negredo, Milner, Kolarov, Garcia, Nasri, Rodwell. /// NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul, Coloccini, Sissoko, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Debuchy, Taylor, Gutierrez... Subs: Elliot, Dummett, Anita, Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.

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