PELLEGRINI SNATCHES FIRST THREE POINTS FOR CITY OPENING MATCH
By: Raymond Padya
Former Mallaga coach, Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti secured his first Barclays Premier League win for Manchester City on Monday with a 4 – 0 victory over Newcastle, putting his team on top of the log.
Both teams seemed to be at equilibrium from kickoff but David Silva ignited the Etihad Stadium when he found the back of the net with a header in the 6th minute.
Man City seemed to control the game but could not really create perfect chances.
In the 19th minute, Edin Dzeko showed-off his impressive dribbling skills and managed to sneak in a clear shot through a Newcastle defender but the ball missed the post with only a few inches and went wide.
Newcastle was finally overwhelmed by the swift Man City attacking play and they found themselves two goals down after Dzeko back healed a spectacular pass from Vincent Kompany, which landed in Sergio Aguero’s boots who placed the ball on the far left from Tim Krul’s reach in the 22nd minute.
All seemed well for City as attempts by Newcastle to retaliate ended in vain.
Newcastle made a breakthrough when Ben Arfa released an impeccable shot which for a moment seemed to have a positive outcome but the shot was deflected and it went out for a corner.
City gave no breathing space for Newcastle from the second half kickoff and they managed to make a chance in the 48th minute when Aguero crossed from left side and Dzeko appeared in perfect timing, headed the ball on target, then Krul made an awesome save.
Yaya Toure scored an amazing free kick just a few yards from the box in the 50th minute to make it 3 – 0.
Manchester City continued to attack. They made a lot of chances but failed to utilize them.
Aguero received a standing ovation as he walked out of the Etihad Stadium on the 60th minute and Nasri came in to score another goal for City to make it 4 – 0 in the 74th minute.
The match ended 4 -0 and the 10-man Newcastle side conceded its first match of the season. City now sits on top of the log on goal difference.
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