• City beat Newcastle on opening day for second successive season
  • Aguero comes off bench to score for champions
  • Four players make full debuts for Newcastle

Manchester City began the defence of their Premier League title with a routine win at Newcastle thanks to David Silva and Sergio Aguero goals.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were rarely troubled by the hosts and took the lead when Silva tucked in following a brilliant backheel by Edin Dzeko.

Substitute Aguero added a second in stoppage time when he poked in after his initial shot was saved by Tim Krul.

Dzeko had a shot blocked by Krul, who also stopped Samir Nasri's drive.

That was the sum total of City's best chances during a match in which they did not have to be at their best and their keeper Joe Hart - preferred to summer recruit Willy Caballero - was rarely tested.

Pellegrini was confident enough to leave influential striker Aguero on the bench and for £32m signing Eliaquim Mangala to remain in Manchester.

Pellegrini pleased with defence

City got on top of Newcastle from the whistle, with Yaya Toure, the often maligned Martin Demichelis and another newcomer Fernando first to the second ball in dangerous areas without over-exerting themselves.

In attack, Silva, who did not show his true form at the World Cup, was back to his brilliant best while Montenegro's Stevan Jovetic, frustrated by niggly injuries in his first season, was exceptional in his role as roving midfielder.

The 24-year-old played the role of quarterback in the opening moments, producing a delightful lofted pass for Dzeko who could only strike his effort at Krul, who read the situation.

The Netherlands keeper, who played a starring role in the World Cup quarter-finals, was also called into action soon after when he dived to his right to prevent Nasri's piledriver from bursting the net.

Match facts

Newcastle have won just once in the last six seasons in their opening match

Silva's last four goals for Man City have all come away from home

Aguero has scored 18 and assisted six goals in his last 24 league appearances.

No defending Premier League champions have ever lost their opening game of the following season

Containment seemed to be the Magpies' primary focus, although £12m midfield signing Remy Cabella was a willing outlet on his debut. Against a potent City side that defensive tactic rarely bears fruit, and seven minutes before the break the final line of defence was breached.

On this occasion, Toure found Dzeko in the area with a long pass and he then took two Newcastle defenders out with a backheel for Silva to stroke home.

Pellegrini's side had gone into the match having beaten Newcastle in their previous nine league meetings.

Defeat is rough justice - Pardew

However, late in the game that run looked like it would come to an end when substitute striker Ayoze Perez, who replaced ineffective fellow newcomer Emmanuel Riviere, was found in the area.

He jinked inside and fired in a shot that took a vital deflection off Fernando to take it past the post.

That was the best of two good opportunities for the Magpies, with full-back Paul Dummett heading over earlier when Hart misjudged a delivery into the area.

Newcastle lacked a cutting edge but, with promising attacking midfielder Siem de Jong waiting in the wings, manager Alan Pardew stressed afterwards he was happy with his options.

Magpies fans probably wish they could afford someone like Aguero, who dealt the final blow after coming on late to calmly slot in City's second, after his initial angled strike was saved.

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Tribute paid to John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Tributes were paid to Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who died in the Malaysia Airlines tragedy

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Alan Pardew (left) had yet to get the better of City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini coming into the match

Manchester City and Newcastle United players gather in the centre circle to pay tribute along with the crowd at St James' Park to Magpies fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder

Both sets of players and the St James' crowd pay tribute to Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney before kick-off

David Silva scores for Manchester City

David Silva also scored against Newcastle on the opening day of last season

Sergio Aguero

World cup finalist Sergio Aguero - rested at the start of the match - showed his sharp instincts for the goal

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 22 Janmaat Booked
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 36 Dummett
  • 08 Anita (Obertan - 63' )
  • 20 Cabella
  • 14 Colback
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 11 Gouffran (Aarons - 74' )
  • 29 Riviere (Pérez Gutiérrez - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Aarons
  • 17 Pérez Gutiérrez
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 25 Obertan
  • 27 Taylor
  • 30 Abeid

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 22 Clichy
  • 04 Kompany Booked
  • 26 Demichelis Booked
  • 11 Kolarov Booked
  • 08 Nasri (Milner - 78' )
  • 06 Fernando Booked
  • 42 Y Touré
  • 21 Silva Booked
  • 10 Dzeko (Agüero - 83' )
  • 35 Jovetic (Fernandinho - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 07 Milner
  • 13 Caballero
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 16 Agüero
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 38 Boyata
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 50,816

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

0 5

Corners

3 3

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2.

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2.

90:00 +1:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +1:26

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Fernandinho.

90:00 +0:36

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

86:58 Booking

Booking Fernando (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:47

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

86:47

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:20

Attempt missed. Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Obertan with a cross.

83:34

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fernando.

83:31

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

82:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Emmanuel Rivière.

82:33

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Colback following a set piece situation.

82:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero replaces Edin Dzeko.

81:32

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

81:32

Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:03

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

80:03

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. James Milner replaces Samir Nasri.

76:55 Booking

Booking Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:52

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:52

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

75:50

Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:42 Booking

Booking Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:39

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

74:39

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Rolando Aarons replaces Yoan Gouffran.

72:53

Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

72:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Stevan Jovetic.

71:23

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:23

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

68:03

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).

68:03

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:45

Delay in match Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

64:13

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic with a cross.

63:37

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Gabriel Obertan replaces Vurnon Anita.

61:49

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

59:32

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vincent Kompany.

58:38

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

57:19

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross following a set piece situation.

56:29 Booking

Booking Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:21

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

56:21

Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:58

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

53:15 Booking

Booking Martín Demichelis (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:07

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

53:07

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:57

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

50:01

Attempt missed. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

49:16

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

48:41

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

47:27

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

47:27

Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:58

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:58

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 1.

45:00 +0:06

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

42:06

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

42:06

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Manchester City 1. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

35:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

34:41

Delay in match Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

34:16

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Dummett.

33:11 Booking

Booking David Silva (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:56

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

32:56

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:40

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:40

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

30:29

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

29:48

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

22:36

Fernando (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:36

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

22:03

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

15:08

Attempt missed. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

12:29

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

12:29

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:49

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

10:57

Attempt saved. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

9:35

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:35

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

7:46

Hand ball by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

4:50

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

2:59

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic with a through ball.

1:14

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).

1:14

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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