Manchester City Beats Newcastle to Close Premier League Openers

Manchester City beat Newcastle United 4-0 to give manager Manuel Pellegrini a winning start in the Premier League and complete the opening round of matches.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored in the first 22 minutes at City’s Etihad Stadium last night. Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri added second-half goals after Newcastle’s Steven Taylor was shown the red card just before the break for striking Aguero’s head during an aerial challenge.

City, which won the English soccer championship in 2012, signed four players at a cost of about 87 million pounds ($136 million) and hired Pellegrini to replace the fired Roberto Mancini after it failed to win a major trophy last season.

“It’s a very good start but I was very confident that the team would play well, we worked very hard during preseason,” Pellegrini said in a news conference. “We were trying another style of football and maybe we must continue to improve but for the first match, it was good.”

City went ahead in the sixth minute when Silva headed in Edin Dzeko’s cross and Aguero doubled the lead 16 minutes later by steering a shot past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Toure marked his 100th Premier League appearance by curling in a 50th-minute free kick and Nasri completed the scoring with 15 minutes remaining. It was City’s eighth straight league win against the Magpies.

City tops the standings after the opening matches on goal difference from defending champion Manchester United, which won 4-1 at Swansea three days ago. Arsenal was upset 3-1 at home by Aston Villa, and there were 1-0 wins for Liverpool, Fulham and Southampton. West Ham defeated promoted Cardiff 2-0 and Norwich drew 2-2 with Everton.

Two days ago, Chelsea beat Hull City 2-0 to give manager Jose Mourinho victory in his first league game since returning to the London club and Tottenham Hotspur won 1-0 at Crystal Palace.

Chelsea hosts Aston Villa tomorrow in a match rescheduled because of the Blues’ participation in the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich on Aug. 30.

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