LiveFull-time: Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Summary

  1. Champions City have two wins from two games
  2. Substitute Aguero scores with his first touch
  3. Stevan Jovetic scores twice in first half
  4. New Reds signing Balotelli watched from stands

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By Gary Rose

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Man City deal first blow

It is very early days and this result is unlikely to define Liverpool's season, but they did not lose in the Premier League until the 21 September last year and, with an unbeaten Tottenham up next, they will certainly want to get back to winning sooner rather than later.

Manchester City, meanwhile, appear ominously strong and looked as though they had another level to step up tonight. Could they be set for a strong defence of the Premier League crown? Time will tell.

We will be back with live text commentary as usual on Saturday for the weekend's Premier League games so until then, goodbye.

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Cam Geddes: Liverpool made to look distinctly average by a good Manchester City side tonight. More concerned about the injuries than the loss.

Luke: Chelsea don't look so good now after beating two promoted sides with a struggle. City for the league.

Manager reaction

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We worked the whole game and played a very good team. We worked without the ball for 95 minutes and with the ball we made enough danger to score three goals.

"When you play against a strong team you have to concentrate and our concentration and intensity was good. It's so important to get six points from our first two games as it was a very difficult start for us."

On Stevan Jovetic, Pellegrini adds: "He was very unlucky last season and he had so many injuries. It was very difficult for him to play two or three games in a row. He has been patient and worked very hard to come again. We bought him because he is a very good player, he had a good pre-season and I'm very happy for him - he deserves it."

Manager reaction

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

More from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about new signing Mario Balotelli: "There is excitement with him coming in. I am certainly looking forward to working with him. He has that self belief and football arrogance on the field. Luis [Suarez] has gone, he was a wonderful talent but now we have to look to the future and hopefully Mario can contribute to what we are doing.

"Mario knows his flaws and knows his faults but there is no better club for him. He has to fit into what we do here. Time will tell. Of course it was a risk, I won't sit here and say it wasn't. He is a big talent but he has to fit into our culture and hopefully that help him improve as a person and a player."

Manager reaction

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "Up until they scored we were the better side. We switched off just before half time and we gave away two poor goals really. They worked the ball well for the second one but the third was poor from our point of view. We just need to refocus and look to the weekend now.

"We still have the core of our squad from last season but of course if you are coming from a different country and culture it will take a little time. I think Alberto Moreno showed flashes of his quality, he is not the finished article but that is something we are working on.

"It is very early for this squad, as the season goes on we will get better and better."

BreakingMan Utd agree Di Maria fee

While their Premier League rivals have been busy on the pitch, Manchester United have been busy in the transfer market.

A British record £59.7m deal has been agreed between Louis van Gaal's side and Real Madrid for Angel Di Maria.

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Player reaction

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

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Stevan Jovetic, speaking to Sky Sports following his brace for Manchester City: "We played very well. Was this was my best moment in a Manchester City shirt? There haven't been so many beautiful ones until now because of my injuries last season, so yes.

"I just want to do my best with these players to win another title. It is difficult to hold down a place in this team but it is up to me to do my best on the pitch, then the manager decides."

Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Spanish La Liga

Defending champions Atletico Madrid have not clicked into gear yet as the second half at neighbours Rayo Vallecano restarts. But we have seen this before from Diego Simeone's side - Atletico regularly struggled to break down opponents last season before grinding out a narrow win.

However, this new-look Atletico team wasted a couple of half-decent chances in the first half. Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic - a reported £18m replacement for new Chelsea man Diego Costa - was the culprit.

The second half has just kicked off - catch all the action here.

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

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Four shots on target, three goals. It was not a relentless attack on Liverpool's goal but Manchester City took their chances when they got them.

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"The positives for Liverpool? I thought Sterling made some good runs, Markovic made an impact when he came on and could light up the Premier League and Moreno, apart from the error for the first goal, did well."

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From Sheelagh via text: "The really frightening thing is that wasn't even Manchester City's strongest side tonight. They look formidable again this season."

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

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Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"I thought Liverpool edged the first half until the mistake by Moreno. It was the same problem for the second goal - Liverpool switched off. City then dominated, Demichelis and Jovetic were outstanding. A good day for City.

"But Liverpool, despite spending £117m, aren't going to challenge for the title. Even though they are spending, they still haven't got a leader at the back - they need to get one. Overall, City just deserved it."

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Saif via text: "Seems like Rodgers hasn't learned from Spurs. Rather then making 2 or 3 world class signings, he has gone off and bought too many inexperienced players, and of course Balotelli."

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FULL-TIME

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

All over and Manchester City make a big statement of intent with a comfortable dismantling of Liverpool who, despite a strong start, ultimately did not threaten enough and were picked apart too easily in the second half.

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Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Manchester City are swarming all over Liverpool at the moment and the whistle can't come soon enough for the away side, City have been a different class.

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Adam via text: "Balotelli is not the answer for Rodgers. He has sold one liability to Barca and replaced him with a bigger one. At least Suarez was reliable on the pitch. This squad has gone backwards this summer after a great 2014."

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Alberto Moreno is the next Liverpool player to suffer an injury as he goes over on his ankle, just as five minutes of stoppage time is shown on the board. Can Manchester City take advantage of these Liverpool injuries and get another goal?

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Liverpool have to finish the game with 10 men as Glen Johnson limps off with an injury, the Reds having used all three substitutes. Martin Skrtel is also down injured but after a pause in play he is up and able to carry on.

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"Why did Lambert not shoot? He can score goals! He tried to pass it and it all came to nothing."

Man City 3-1 Liverpool

Liverpool are through again and should have a second goal. Rickie Lambert has a chance to shoot but, with only Joe Hart to beat, but opts to play a cross across goal and Vincent Kompany is in the way to slide the ball to safety.

GOAL

Man City 3-1 Liverpool - Pablo Zabaleta OG

Hope for Liverpool as Rickie Lambert powers a header from close range at goal that Joe Hart does superbly to keep out, he pushes it against Pablo Zabaleta, though, who can only watch as it bounces off his knee and into the net under the attention of Lambert.

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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 3-0 Liverpool

Changes for both sides as Rickie Lambert comes on for Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool, while Manchester City replace Stevan Jovetic - who goes off to a standing ovation from the home fans for his two goals - with Fernandinho.

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Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"Demichelis has to keep his place in this City team despite the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala for £32m. He has been brilliant in the first two matches of this season - just as he was in the second half of the last one."

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Man City 3-0 Liverpool

Liverpool have the ball midway inside the Manchester City half but you sense the home side are happy to let them have it. City look in complete control at the moment.

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Ash: "People saying this game is lost because no Suarez? He wouldn't have played anyway and poor defending is the reason LFC are down."

Paul Anthony Collins: "How can you spend £32m on 2 defenders and still be this shocking defensively. Liverpool are awful."

Richard Morgan: "Liverpool are this season's Spurs - one game winner is worth far more than 7 new OK players bundled together in a short time."

Man City 3-0 Liverpool

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Lisa via text: "The frightening thing about City is that you look like you have got them under control and they simply flick a switch, crank up the pace and score. Impressive!"

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 3-0 Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers makes another change as Joe Allen is replaced by midfielder Emre Can, another summer signing for Liverpool. Just 15 minutes for him to make an impact.

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Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Spanish La Liga

So Real Madrid have done exactly what Barcelona did - win their opening La Liga fixture. Now it is the turn of defending champions Atletico Madrid to see if they can follow suit.The new-look Rojiblancos have made the short trip across the Spanish capital to Rayo Vallecano in a game which kicked off a short time ago.

Atletico, who do not have inspirational boss Diego Simeone on the touchline after he was handed an eight-match ban, have started on the front foot but are yet to find a breakthrough. See if they can by following our match updates.

Man City 3-0 Liverpool

Sergio Aguero had been on the pitch just 23 seconds before making his contribution. What an impact. There is usually little to separate these two sides but not this time, Manchester City are surely out of sight now.

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Jenni via text: "Manchester City are slow starters from time-to-time, but once they get into their stride and they're in the mood like this they can blow teams away in a 10-15 minute spell of irresistible fluid, attacking football."

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"What a substitution! What Aguero needs is a run of games. He had injury problems last season and at the World Cup but if they can keep him fit what a title challenge it will be. Them and Chelsea are the two best teams for me. I know City are the champions but I still think Chelsea are the team to beat with what they have added."

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GOAL

Man City 3-0 Liverpool - Sergio Aguero

What a way to announce your arrival on the pitch! Seconds after replacing Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero times his run perfectly to get on the end of Jesus Navas's great ball and the striker slots home.

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SUBSTITUTION

Man City 2-0 Liverpool

Sergio Aguero comes on now for Edin Dzeko.

SUBSTITUTION

Man City 2-0 Liverpool

Manchester City make their first change as David Silva is replaced by Jesus Navas.

Man City 2-0 Liverpool

Joe Hart sticks out a glove to deny an angled drive by Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool, meanwhile, had brought on new signing Lazar Markovic for Phillipe Coutinho just before Vincent Kompany's fine tackle on Sturridge.

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James Brandon: "So pleased for Jovetic. If he can stay injury free this year, he will definitely be pushing the 30 goals barrier."

Ben Parks: "Moreno has had an absolute shocker tonight. Has Rodgers got the receipt?"

Ohigho Musa: "Did Rodgers think the departure of Suarez would not affect the team? Looks like seven new players can't replace Suarez."

Man City 2-0 Liverpool

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Etihad Stadium

"Manchester City fans suggesting - rather graphically - that Liverpool will win nothing with Mario Balotelli. He was, of course, a Premier League title and FA Cup winner with Manchester City."

Man City 2-0 Liverpool

Alberto Moreno tears forward for Liverpool once again and into the box, but his pass into the middle is knocked behind by Fernando. Moments later, Vincent Kompany produces a superb tackle on Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool are not giving up on this just yet.

CLOSE!

Man City 2-0 Liverpool

Almost a third for Stevan Jovetic as Liverpool fail to clear the ball inside the area and the Manchester City striker skips through but flicks his shot wide of the post.

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"What a fantastic team goal. They kept the ball for ages. Jovetic flicks it around the corner superbly in the build-up. He has been sensational in pre-season and deserves his place in the team. He is like a new signing for City. You can see City's confidence in the way they are now pressurising Liverpool much higher up the field."

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GOAL

Man City 2-0 Liverpool - Stevan Jovetic

A truly beautiful goal, finished and created by Stevan Jovetic as his flick sends Samir Nasri clear on the right. Nasri then cuts the ball back across the area for Jovetic, who had continued his run, and the striker makes no mistake. Great work by Manchester City.

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Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool attack again as Raheem Sterling pushes the ball beyond Fernando, who sticks out a leg and brings the Liverpool forward down.

Free-kick to Liverpool 30 yards from goal, left of centre, which Steven Gerrard clips to Jordan Henderson, who breaks away from the wall but his cross is put behind for a corner, which Joe Hart claims.

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Manchester City then break forward with Edin Dzeko finding himself in acres of space but great recovery by Alberto Moreno as he races in to smash behind for a corner.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Good, patient build-up in these early stages for Liverpool and they have the ball in the back of the net when Glen Johnson curls a cross into the area for Daniel Sturridge, who fires in but the striker had strayed offside and it does not count.

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KICK-OFF

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool get the second half under way. Manchester City have not lost a Premier League home match in which they took the lead in five years, can today's visitors do something about that stat?

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Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter on Angel Di Maria as the Real Madrid winger edges closer towards a move to Manchester United: "United will get someone who will be a willing pupil for Louis van Gaal. I think they have bought very well.

"It is not about money in Manchester United's case, they have got it. With Di Maria even if you added £20m it is very difficult to buy a player of his quality. I think he will become a rallying point for the players around him. He will never hide. This is an exceptional talent."

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Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Steven Gerrard clenches his fist and punches the air while growling encouragement at his team-mates as the Liverpool players wander back out for the second half.

FULL-TIME

Real Madrid 2-0 Cordoba

Spanish La Liga

Three points for Real Madrid - but they were made to work hard for them. Cristiano Ronaldo's last-minute strike - a thunderous low effort from outside the box - eased some tension inside the Bernabeu after newly-promoted Cordoba rallied after the break. Plenty of pride for Cordoba boss Albert Ferrer, but it is the European champions who start their La Liga season with maximum points.

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Adam Momoniat: "Bad start for Alberto Moreno. The Premier League is clearly quicker and more intense than he thought."

Paul Gibbons: "Without Suarez, Liverpool looking a little toothless up front. No pun intended."

Ryan Trezise: "City undeservedly lead at the break. Moreno's good work in the first 40 minutes undone by himself. LFC still right in this."

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"Liverpool had looked a real threat, especially via Sterling, yet their final ball was poor. Moreno had looked good going forward but he switched off defensively and was punished. City were never in it until then. It just goes to show you cannot switch off in this league."

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Half-time stats

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

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Well I thought Liverpool had the better of the first half, but the half-time statistics suggest otherwise. Manchester City had more shots and saw more of the ball.

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

"Neither of Liverpool's new boys Dejan Lovren or Alberto Moreno covered themselves in glory for Stevan Jovetic's goal - and it will be a huge source of frustration to manager Brendan Rodgers as they had been the better side up to that point. City, in contrast, will feel delighted to be ahead despite not being at their best."

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AKarim: New season, new players, same Defensive mistakes! after being so comfortable for most of the half.

Kerry Peter Parvin: Expected a high scoring match today but i keep forgetting that Liverpool have no Suarez! Hopefully it will liven up in the 2nd!

HALF-TIME

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Yaya Toure scoops a shot high and wide as the half-time whistle is blown. Liverpool players look disappointed. They had plenty of possession and, on the balance of play, shaded the half but that Stevan Jovetic goal has them trailing at the break. Shame for Alberto Moreno, who had shown plenty of promise going forward, but left wanting when needing to defend.

Man City 1-0 Liverpool

Mario Balotelli is evidently keen to beat the queues for a half-time pie and bovril as he wanders up the steps and into the concourse, giving one glance back to the pitch as he does so. Wonder what he thought of that goal? One minute of added time.

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"A defensive error from Moreno. He was on his heels. He didn't expect the ball. Jovetic nipped in. You don't have time in the Premier League - you might get it in La Liga, but not here! Don't let it bounce, just clear it! It has taken a mistake to let City in. One person switches off and in this league it is costly."

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