Manchester City vs. Newcastle United: Premier League Live Score, Highlights
Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle United, Etihad Stadium, Full TIme
Although pedestrian at times, Manchester City made up for a bounty of missed chances by clinically putting a Magpies threat to bed just five minutes from halftime, scoring twice within five minutes thanks to Carlos Tevez and David Silva.
In the second period, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure added two more goals for the hosts as Roberto Mancini's men cruised to a 4-0 victory, putting the Citizens in good stead for their Manchester derby fixture next week.
Manchester City Starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Lescott, Clichy; Barry, Yaya Toure; Silva, Nasri, Tevez; Dzeko
Manchester City Subs: Pantilimon, K Toure, Kolarov, Garcia, Milner, Sinclair, Aguero
Scorers: Tevez (41'), Silva (45'+1), Kompany (56') Y.Toure (69')
Newcastle United Starting XI: Elliot; Simpson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez; Anita, Cabaye (c); Obertan, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse
Newcastle United Subs: Harper, Good, Perch, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux, Campbell
And that's it!
Although it might have begun in shaky fashion, an almost faultless 50-minute showing from Manchester City ultimately sees them earn a deserved victory over Newcastle United.
Roberto Mancini's side remain 15 points away from league leaders Manchester United but can boast an edge over their fellow top four contenders after doing a great deal of good to their bid for second place.
Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure were particular highlights for today's hosts and provided very secure outlets in defence and midfield, respectively.
Mancini's men will now turn their attention towards one of possibly two Manchester derbies where they might hope to claw the Red Devils back even further within their reach.
90'—MNC 4-0 NEW
The hosts are happy with the score and the Newcastle players are struggling to develop any enthusiasm whatsoever as we're primed for two minutes of what you can bet will be a rather uneventful two minutes of Manchester City dominion.
Were they not already 4-0 up, Manchester City might be a bit more furious about this.
Yaya Toure exchanges a one-two with Javi Garcia on the edge of Newcastle's area but is restricted from getting on the end of the second pass and is tumbled over by Danny Simpson inside the Magpies' box.
The referee lets play continue as Edin Dzeko collects the ball on the left but is ruled for offside and the free kick is given to the visitors.
84'—MNC 4-0 NEW
Moments after coming on, Sinclair cuts in from the left and onto his right foot, drawing a great save out of Rob Elliot with a long-range effort from outside of the box.
What a first touch that would have been for the young Englishman.
83'—SUBSTITUTION (Manchester City)
David Silva comes off and is replaced by Scott Sinclair.
82'—MNC 4-0 NEW
Papiss Demba Cisse pulls down a Moussa Sissoko chip with some ridiculous athleticism, plucking the ball out of the sky whilst turning.
The Senegalese striker then attempts to put Vurnon Anita into space down the right wing but the Dutchman foolishly strays offside while under no pressure at all.
4 - Manchester City have scored four against Newcastle for the first time in the PL; their previous biggest win was 3-0 in 2006. History.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 30, 2013
77'—MNC 4-0 NEW
The Manchester City onslaught isn't relenting, even if the game is all but won.
In fairness, a boatload of injuries appear to have taken their toll on this Newcastle side in recent weeks, but then that's the difference between the depth of these two squads.
74'—SUBSTITUTION (Newcastle United)
Gael Bigirimana comes on for Yohan Cabaye.
73'—SUBSTITUTION (Manchester City)
Two big substitutes fot the home side as Sergio Aguero comes on for Samir Nasri while Vincent Kompany is preserved, Javi Garcia taking his place.
69'—GOAL!!!! (Manchester City)
That's a wonderful goal.
Manchester City set up a temporary camp on the edge of the Newcastle area and the likes of Yaya Toure, Silva, Tevez and others all get a touch before Toure is slid in down the right of the box.
The former Barca man chances his arm and gets lucky as the ball takes a deflection off James Perch and past Rob Elliot, despite being taken from an impossible angle.
67'—MNC 3-0 NEW
Newcastle are attempting to get back into this fixture but look slightly turgid in their build-up, and understandably so.
Matters might only get worse it seems too, as Sergio Aguero gets ready for his introduction.
65'—MNC 3-0 NEW
Samir Nasri is down and receiving treatment after getting his toes trodden on by Jonas Gutierrez.
The Newcastle utility clearly didn't mean to hurt the Frenchman but that one will be sore in the morning.
63'—SUBSTITUTION (Newcastle United)
Dan Gosling is the man who comes on for Yoan Gouffran, who appears to be struggling with a knock.
62'—MNC 3-0 NEW
Yaya Tore shows off his remarkable strength, fending off the challenge of a Newcastle defender as he's slotted trough on goal with Rob Elliot but the Ivorian is just about stopped in his efforts thanks to a desperate Steven Taylor challenge.
59'—MNC 3-0 NEW
Just like in the first half, another goal appears to have reinvigorated City and any Newcastle comeback would seem off the cards as long as the hosts can continue in their current vein of domination.
56'—GOALLL!!!!! (Manchester City)
Against the run of play but Roberto Mancini will take it.
Vincent Kompant gets on the end of a Gareth Barry shot, flicking the ball of the back of his heel with the finesse of a forward and diverting it past Rob Elliot.
The Belgian was in his manager's bad books during the week for playing in the international break, but will undoubtedly have just gone a long way to repairing the relationship with that goal.
53'—MNC 2-0 NEW
City are having their first real chunk of possession in this period but Yaya Toure and Zabaleta can't make anything of it down the hosts' right flank.
50'—MNC 2-0 NEW
Whatever Alan Pardew said to his players at halftime, it certainly seems to have done the trick as Newcastle look unrecognisable from the lacklustre team of the first half.
Jonas Gutierrez has started launching down the left wing, something he didn't do at all in the opening 45 minutes, and it's working for the visitors as Yoan Gouffran just misses out on a decent cross from the Argentine.
48'—CABAYE GOES CLOSE!
Manchester City look as if they're still in the dressing room as Newcastle take the initiative early in this second half.
Some great interlinking in the middle of the pitch sees Cabaye get on the end of a Sissoko chip just outside the City box but the Frenchman just flashed his half-volley wide of Hart's right post.
46'—SUBSTITUTION (Newcastle United)
Gabriel Obertan has made way for James Perch.
Manchester City resume the action!
The hosts were becoming frustrated but five minutes of magic courtesy of Carlos Tevez and David Silva see Manchester City cling to their title hopes.
The Citizens now boast a confident lead but can't afford to take their foot off the pedal in the second period.
45'+1—GOALLLLL!!!!! (Manchester City)
Just a few seconds from the halftime break and David Silva is found on the left of the Newcastle box by Nasri before firing low past Rob Elliot.
The Citizens are getting into full stride now and will look to see this out in the second half.
45'—MNC 1-0 NEW
Newcastle have looked dejected since going behind and a lack of depth would appear to be exposing the severity of the side's injuries all the more.
Edin Dzeko is the latest to test Rob Elliot's goal and the Magpies will have to endure one more minute of added time in this first period.
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