Manchester City made a strong start to their Premier League campaign, overpowering West Bromwich Albion to secure a 3-0 victory at The Hawthorns on Monday night.
- West Brom 0 Man City 3
- Sterling makes City bow
- Adventurous Baggies undone
- Silva stars for visitors
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A brace from Yaya Toure, though the first may be claimed by David Silva, had City two up and in command inside 25 minutes while debutant Raheem Sterling squandered a good chance on the strke of half-time.
However, a Vincent Kompany header in the second half sealed a comprehensive opening fixture win for last season's Premier League runners-up and pole position in the league standings following the opening round of fixtures.
WBA, who secured the signing of £12million striker Soloman Rondon shortly before kick-off, rarely troubled Joe Hart in the City goal.
Tony Pulis set his side up adventurously, pairing last season's top scorer Saido Berahino with summer recruit Rickie Lambert in attack, but WBA never looked like establishing a foothold.
City were in control from the off, with David Silva in especially mesmeric form throughout. It was Toure who was the difference-maker in front of goal, though.
In the ninth minute, the midfield behemoth latched onto a cut-back from Jesus Navas to side-foot his side into a deserved lead with the help of a couple of deflections along the way, the first of which could lead to the goal being attributed to Silva.
However, there was no question about who the second goal belonged to. Exchanging passes with Ivory Coast team-mate Wilfried Bony, Toure curled a sumptuous strike into the top corner of the net.
Manuel Pellegrini's men didn't stop there, either. Bony and Aleksandar Kolarov saw efforts denied by last ditch WBA interventions, and £49million summer signing Raheem Sterling should have written his name on the scoresheet just before half-time, but finished disappointingly when one-on-one with Baggies stopper Boaz Myhill.
The third goal did eventually arrive, though, and it did so through an unlikely source. With 59 minutes played, City skipper Kompany glanced a header into the far corner from Silva's pinpoint corner.
West Brom enjoyed more of the game after that as City relaxed their stranglehold, with Berahino wasting the best of the opportunities, but his was a game very much played on the visitor's terms for the duration.