Manchester City kicked off their 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Spain international midfielder David Silva’s goal in the first half was augmented by substitute Sergio Aguero’s strike in injury time and saw the Citizens begin the defence of their title with a win.
City had the first chance of the match after just three minutes when Edin Dzeko latched onto Stevan Jovetic’s through-ball, but his shot was saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri also saw his attempt kept out of the Magpies’ goal by Krul, before Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere had chances for the hosts.
Riviere tried his luck again just past the half-hour mark with an attempt from distance, but in vain.
Then on 38 minutes, Silva, who joined City from Valencia for a reported transfer fee of £24 million in the summer of 2010, broke the deadlock.
Midfielder Yaya Toure floated a long ball from midfield which Dzeko turned towards the Spaniard to slot home from close range.
Dzeko himself had a chance six minutes into the second half, before Jovetic fired wide from distance.
City continued to press on for their second goal, with Jovetic, Dzeko and Toure all getting chances, but they could have conceded the equaliser seven minutes from full time had Moussa Sissoko’s header from a Jack Colback delivery been on target.
However, Manuel Pellegrini’s side had the last laugh in Newcastle as Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 for a reported transfer fee of £38m, scored the second goal of the match in injury time after coming on as a late substitute.