- Yaya Toure struck twice in the first 23 minutes
- Manchester City held 75% possession through opening half-hour
- Vincent Kompany hit the third after 60 minutes to put things away
From early on, the result was never in doubt as Manchester City eased to an 3-0 season opening win over hapless West Brom at the Hawthornes.
The visitors swarmed at a high tempo as David Silva worked the West Brom defenders all night, and the Citizens got the opener just nine minutes in. Yaya Toure hit a relatively weak effort that skittered off the legs of Craig Dawson and squirted into the far post, with goalkeeper Boaz Myhill well caught out.
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While the opener was less than delightful, the second was much easier on the eyes. Toure burst through the midfield and slid a side-footed ball to Ivory Coast teammate Wilfried Bony. The striker slammed on the brakes at the top of the box and touched back to Toure who unleashed a curling effort that buried into the top corner 23 minutes in for a 2-0 lead.
City continued to attack at will and Bony ripped a shot of his own past the half-hour mark that curled just wide of the near post. Raheem Sterling had a glorious chance through on goal on 40 minutes, but Myhill came out to stop the shot one-on-one. Saido Berahino had the ball in the net down the other end for West Brom but was pulled back for the offside flag.
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At halftime, the prospects were grim for West Brom fans eager to get the season’s first result out of the way.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis brought on Claudio Yacob in the second half to reinforce the midfield, and it seemed to have some effect and Rickie Lambert pumped a free-kick just over on 55 minutes. But it wasn’t to be, as City increased its lead minutes later.
Vincent Kompany made it 3-0 on 59 minutes as he connected on a corner and produced an impressive header from a very acute angle into the far corner. It was Kompany’s first goal since
That was all she wrote for West Brom, although City wouldn’t let them off the hook down the stretch. Sergio Aguero came on for some game minutes and tested Myhill with three minutes remaining. The win put Manchester City atop the league table after the first week.