FT: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2

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The full-time whistle goes and that late Aguero goal takes Man City to the top of the (very) early Premier League table. Newcastle competed well throughout the game and were pushing for an equaliser to Silva's first-half opener, but it is City who prevailed in a hard-fought clash.GOAL! Aguero seals victory for Man City. The Argentine substitute finds himself one-on-one with compatriot Coloccini and sues his pace to get off a shot from a narrow angle. Krul makes the save but it rebounds nicely for Aguero and he tucks away a neat finish to make it 2-0.Sissoko cannot keep his first-time shot down from the edge of the area following another swift Newcastle attack.Four minute of stoppage-time have been signalled so there is still a chance for Newcastle to retrieve a point.Newcastle are really starting to apply the pressure in the closing stages as they seek an equaliser, but Man City continue to hold firm.Fernando's name goes into the book as he brings down Cabella in midfield.Perez is released through the middle for Newcastle and turns inside his defender skilfully, but his shot is deflected agonisingly wide as Fernando does well to cover. That is as close as the home side have come to scoring.Newcastle's final change sees Perez come on for Riviere, who is applauded warmly for his efforts today.Colback floats a decent free-kick into the area from a central position and Sissoko tries to glance it on, but the ball dribbles wide.Dzeko, who has been excellent today, is replaced by Aguero for the final stages.Riviere has been a willing runner all afternoon and he chases another seemingly lost cause, forcing Hart to hurry out of his area and make the clearance.Riviere's cross from the right is blocked by Kolarov, but he was again lacking support and had nobody in the centre to really aim for.Pellegrini is keen to protect his lead as he replaces Nasri with the more defensive-minded Milner.Janmaat is cautioned following a late challenge on Fernandinho in midfield.There is a big cheer for the vanishing spray as Man City's defensive wall is kept at the required distance, but it does not help Cabella much as he still blasts his free-kick low into their bodies.Kompany is shown a yellow card for obstruction as Colback plays it past him. The Man City skipper appeared really just to hold his ground and is upset by referee Atkinson's decision.Newcastle make another change as Aarons comes on for his Premier League debut in place of Gouffran.Dzeko is hauled down by Sissoko on the edge of the box to give Man City a free-kick. Toure steps up and hits it well, but just over the crossbar.Fernandinho replaces Jovetic for the closing stages as Pellegrini tries to shore things up for City.There will be tired legs out there as players become accustomed again to the pace of the Premier League after a summer break, and the tempo of the game has just slowed a bit in the last few minutes.Fernando is the type of player who rarely catches the eye but his work is sure to be appreciated by his team-mates and he has done a good job in breaking up Newcastle possession on his Man City debut.The onus is on Newcastle to take the game to Man City but they are just chasing shadows at the moment as the Premier League champions keep it simple and pass it patiently around in midfield.Dzeko tries to double Man City's lead with a powerful header from a standing start which has Krul scrambling backwards, but it flies just over the bar.Kolarov is such a useful outlet for Man City down the left and he does well again to win a corner for his side.Newcastle earn a corner but Colback's delivery is headed firmly away by Demichelis.Pardew makes his first change of the afternoon, bringing on Obertan for Anita in an attacking move.Man City appear to have recovered their poise as they put together a decent spell of possession and Kompany plays in Jovetic with a great pass, but his shot from a tight angle is blocked.Jovetic takes aim from distance but slices his effort badly, prompting further ironic cheers from the Newcastle supporters.Colback swings in a good cross from the free-kick and Hart is in no man's land as he comes off his line looking to punch. Dummett beats him to the ball with a header but cannot keep it under the bar.Kolarov goes through Riviere with a sliding challenge near the touchline, taking the ball but also the man, and is also shown a yellow card.Newcastle are still struggling to deliver a final cutting edge, as Colback's free-kick is cleared to safety by a Man City defence which looks very disciplined.Cabella's feet are too quick for Demichelis as he produces a neat stepover, winning Newcastle a free-kick 20 yards from goal and landing the Man City defender a yellow card.The crowd senses an equaliser might be imminent as Cabella drives into the area but, under pressure from a couple of defenders, he cannot keep his shot down and blazes the ball high into the stands.The corner finds its way all the way through to Gouffran in acres of space at the back post, but the ball will not quite come down quickly enough for him and by the time he gets off a shot, Hart has narrowed the angle and made a smart stop.Demichelis takes no chances as Cabella darts into the box, stepping in with a strong tackle to put it out for a corner.Silva exchanges passes with Nasri before his ball out wide to Kolarov is cut out by Janmaat.Newcastle get the second half started and will feel they can still get back into the game. There have been no changes at the break.The whistle goes for half-time and Man City lead 1-0 thanks to Silva's fine goal. Newcastle have contributed a lot to an absorbing match but it Is one moment of quality which separates the sides at the interval.Nasri tries to square the ball to Dzeko after getting in behind the Man City defence, but a shot may have been the better option as Dummett was able to get back and make the interception.Clichy skips away from Dummett down the Man City right but is then forced infield and Dzeko's diagonal pass has far too much pace on it as it flies out of play.Sissoko crosses from the right but Clichy is first to the ball and heads it strongly clear.The Man City fans are in good voice now and the players look much more relaxed after coming through a tough little period and taking the lead.GOAL! Silva makes it 1-0 to City. Newcastle switch off at the back as Toure launches a long pass forward for Dzeko, who exquisitely back-heels the ball into the pass of Silva. The Spaniard is completely free in the box and calmly slots a finish low past Krul.There is a buzz around the ground as Newcastle to continue to enjoy a good spell. Cabella, in particular, has shown some nice touches, but here is just unable to latch onto a pass from Colback.Anita needs some attention from the physio following that foul by Silva and comes over to the touchline to receive treatment, but he will be fine to continue.Rivieire uses his strength to shrug off Kompany but again lacks composure as he smashes over a cross which has far too much power to give any of his team-mates a chance of connecting with.Silva becomes the first player to go into the book following a trip on Anita as he looks to support Man City's front men.Janmaat delivers a menacing cross from the right and Kompany has to twist his body around to make an important interception.There has been a lot to admire about Riviere so far but he looks nervous in front of goal, understandably so on his home debut, as he drags a disappointing shot wide after combining well with Cabella.Nasri picks out Jovetic on the edge of the area but he cannot turn away from Williamson and the big defender steps in top make a good block.Toure has been a peripheral figure so far and his latest contribution only earns an ironic cheer from the Newcastle fans as an attempted pass misses its mark by an embarrassing distance.There is a good tempo to the game as City raid down the right but Newcastle steal possession and get forward quickly, but Sissoko's pass goes behind Gouffran and Rivieire is unable to latch onto the ball before Hart rushes off his line to gather.Newcastle impress with a flowing passing move from back to front, but Janmaat's final ball has just too much on it and drifts out of play.Cabella's pass to Janmaat is a little casual and Man City have an opportunity to hit them on the counter-attack, but they are perhaps still a little rusty as the move fizzes out.Riviere brilliantly takes down a long pass and holds off two defenders as he charges towards goal. He is lacking support, though, and drills a shot from long range well wide.Demichelis takes a tumble over the advertising hoarding after an aerial duel with Riviere. He picks up a slight knock to the knee but is fine.Man City have shaded the possession stats so far and come forward again through Clichy, but his cross is poor and Krul takes a comfortable catch.Applause breaks out around the ground in the 17th minute in tribute to the Newcastle fans, Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who died in Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.Cabella certainly has a lot of confidence but his attempt here is a little bit too ambitious as he tries to lob Hart from just outside the area. It would have to be absolutely perfect to go in from there and this loops harmlessly over the bar.Cabella has the flamboyance to match his haircut and shows the fans a first glimpse of his talent with a skilful run to glide past a couple of defenders.Kolarov looks a real threat down the left for Man City and he bursts into the box before cutting the ball back into the centre, but Williamson's positioning is spot on and he makes the clearance.Krul is called into action again as he leaps acrobatically to his left to firmly parry a Nasri shot from 25 yards which was powerfully struck but was at a nice height for the keeper.Jovetic reacts well to a Dzeko flick-on but Dummett is also alert to the danger and shepherds the ball as Krul comes out to claim it on the dive.Kolarov accelerates down the left and links up with Silva, but the return pass is just too heavy and crosses the byline before he can keep it in.Dzeko drops deep and holds the ball up with great skill, before Janmaat gives away a free-kick in midfield.Man City have settled quite well here and enjoy a good spell of possession in midfield as they pin Newcastle on to the back foot.Dzeko has an early chance to put Man City in front as Silva chips a clever pass into the box, but he does not connect forcefully with a first-time volley on the stretch and the onrushing Krul makes a smothering save.Clichy, lining up at right-back for Man City today, drives forward on a decent run before being crowded out by Dummett and Colback.Nothing too adventurous in the early stages as Newcastle pass it around calmly at the back before launching a long ball forward for Riviere to chase, but Hart comes out to gather.Man City kick us off and there is a fantastic atmosphere at St James' Park so let's hope for a cracking encounter.There is an emotional moment before kick-off as wreaths are laid in the centre circle and a minute's silence is observed in memory of the two Newcastle fans, Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine.Tom in Hemel Hempstead says: "I think Newcastle can spring a summer surprise here by scuppering City. I've backed Newcastle at 999-1 to win the title and I go for a 2-1 victory here for the Magpies. Even though there will be more than one magpie on the pitch, I still expect them to inflict severe early season sorrow on City."Pardew is now in front of the cameras, saying that it is not a gamble for him to start four of his summer signings. He is happy with the shape Newcastle are in heading into their opening game and hopes they will have a defensive steel to go with their attacking threat.Speaking on television ahead of kick-off, Pellegrini insists that not too much should be read into his selection, saying that Hart is his No.1 for today but won't necessarily be first choice in every game. He admits that City are not 'absolutely ready' and cannot understand why the Premier League starts so early when other leagues in Europe begin later after the World Cup.Why not check out the odds ahead of the match with Sky Bet? Newcastel are at 9/2 to win today and City 8/13, while a draw is 16/5. City won 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on the opening weekend of last season and you can get odds of 28/1 on a repeat scoreline.Arieh from Launceston says: "I expect a tight affair with City claiming the points in a 2-0 win, both goals to Jovetic."What does everyone make of the team news? Pellegrini has included just one of his summer signings in the starting XI as Fernando gets the nod in midfield. Joe Hart has seen off the challenge of Willy Caballero in goal, while there is a start too for striker Stevan Jovetic alongside Edin Dzeko. For Newcastle, Pardew has handed league debuts for the club to Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere.Calum from Glasgow writes: "With both teams looking to make a name for themselves during their first game of the season it'll be well fought but I see Man City walking away with three points, 2-1 City."There were predictably, quite a few ups and downs for Newcastle last season before they eventually finished in a solid tenth place. Alan Pardew has also been busy in the transfer market this summer and they have quite a few eye-catching new recruits, so the Toon Arny will be hoping for another entertaining season on Tyneside. They may not have quite the same targets as City but European football must be in their sights and a win today would be the perfect springboard.Andrew from Devon says: "I'm expecting an open, attacking game today with City winning 3-1and claiming their first three points on the way to reclaiming the title again this season."Man City prevailed in a thrilling title race last season as they just edged out Liverpool and they will be desperate to retain their crown. This was a challenge which proved beyond them following their success in 2011/12 and Manuel Pellegrini has bolstered his squad with a number of summer signings to ensure they are better equipped this time around. They face stiff competition, though, and last weekend's Community Shield loss to Arsenal suggested they could still be vulnerable.Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere. Subs: Aarons, Perez, Haidara, Elliot, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Abeid.Man City: Hart, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Jovetic, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Zabaleta, Milner, Caballero, Jesus Navas, Aguero, Fernandinho, Boyata.Chris Green from Huddersfield is the first to get in touch, saying: "Man City to win 2-0, with Kolarov and Jovetic scoring the goals."Let us know your views and predictions ahead of kick-off by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com. What kind of match are you expecting today? Will Man City prove too strong and start their title defence with a victory, or can Newcastle spring a surprise? The full team news will be right with you but which players are you particularly looking forward to following?Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary on Newcastle United's clash with Manchester City. It is a Super Sunday to kick off the Premier League campaign as reigning champions City head to St James' Park to take on a Newcastle side who always provide their fair share of drama.

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