London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure as Manchester City manager got off to a good start with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Newcastle United in Monday’s Barclays Premier League showdown at Etihad Stadium.
The win sent City to the top of the standings after the first weekend as the 2011-12 champions produced a wonderful performance before 46,842 fans.
David Silva gave City an early lead when scored on a header in the sixth minute. Edin Dzeko’s low cross was deflected to the left of Silva, who easily buried a header past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Newcastle thought it had found a quick response when Yoan Gouffran kicked one past City goalkeeper Joe Hart. However, Gouffran’s celebration was curtailed by an offside flag.
Sergio Aguero extended the advantage with a neat finish from a wide angle in the 22nd minute. Dzeko played a backheel into Aguero’s path before the Argentine forward fired a right-footed shot that went into the far corner past Krul.
Things got worse for Newcastle when Steven Taylor was dismissed in first-half injury time for striking the back of Aguero’s head during an aerial challenge.
City’ continued its dominance after halftime as Yaya Toure marked his 100th Barclays Premier League appearance with a sublime curling free-kick in the 50th minute.
Samir Nasri, who came in for Aguero, completed the rout with 15 minutes remaining with a goal in the 75th minute.
Fernandinho, who arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk in the close season, had a competitive City debut along with Spain winger Jesus Navas.
Newcastle played without loan signing Loic Remy due to a calf injury and Yohan Cabaye, who was a subject of a bid from Arsenal.