Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Manchester City vs Newcastle - match report:

The final game of the first weekend of the 2013-14 EPL season (with Monday being included) was played on Monday evening at The Ethiad Stadium, as title challengers Manchester City hosted Newcastle United.

Manchester City started the game with two of their new summer signings, defensive midfielder Fernandinho and Spanish winger Jesus Navas both starting for City. 
Meanwhile their opponents Newcastle had a slightly weak team compared to normal, without Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye with an interesting formation chosen by Alan Pardew.

Great solo play on the wing by Edin Dzeko before his shot was parried by Tim Krul - straight to midfielder David Silva who headed the ball into the back of the net to break the deadlock after just 6 minutes with Krul left exposed in the middle of his goal. 

Quick reactions: David Silva reacted quickly to head the ball into the net after Dzeko's effort was parried by Krul.

Early breakthrough: David Silva celebrates his headed finish to break the deadlock for City after 6 minutes.

Sergio Aguero doubled the lead in the 21st minute after getting past the last Newcastle defender well to strike the ball low and hard past Krul into the bottom corner of the net. 

Bullet strike: Aguero hits the ball hard and low into the corner of the net to make it 2-0 to City.

World-class: Aguero celebrates his first goal of the season to double City's lead.
Ivorian powerhouse defensive midfielder Yaya Toure made it 3-0 to the hosts just after half-time with a beautiful free-kick strike into the top corner of the net which had Krul diving helpless to try and stop the swerving strike. 

Beauty: Yaya Toure curls a swerving free-kick strike to make it 3-0 to City and complete the game for the hosts.

Comfortable: City looked dominant throughout, with Yaya Toure and Silva both getting on the scoresheet.

Nasri made it 4-0 to complete the rout after 75 minutes, due to a poor lack of communication between the Newcastle defenders, which allowed him to get space and time to run onto the ball and tap away from Krul into the net.

Another one... Nasri makes it 4-0 after taking advantage of a mistake by the Newcastle defenders.

Calm and collected: Nasri celebrates making it 4-0 to the hosts, giving Newcastle an opening match nightmare.

City won the game convincingly with a 4-0 win at home, which will boost their squad morale as well as their fans happiness especially because they dismantled a decent Newcastle side who have unfortunately gone down in the past year after the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea.

From bad to worse: Even though Newcastle were down to ten men just before half-time, City dismantled them.

Thank you for reading my football blog today, I will have more posts out later today, including the Champions League Play-Off First Leg between Turkish giants Fenerbache and under-fire English side Arsenal along with a midweek game in the EPL between Chelsea and Aston Villa - both sides who are looking to continue their run of form after impressive wins on Saturday.