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Football: Silva, Aguero give Manchester City a winning start

Published on Aug 18, 2014 1:31 AM
Relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 victims Liam Sweeney and John Alder observe a minute's silence in their memory before Newcastle United's English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, northern England on August 17, 2014. The pair had been on their way to New Zealand to see Newcastle play when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on July 17. City won Sunday's match 2-0, achieved through goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester City started their Premier League season with victory over Newcastle United on Sunday, exactly as they did 12 months ago when their campaign ended with a championship party.

This latest 2-0 win, achieved through goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, was not as convincing as last year's 4-0 success at the Etihad Stadium, but it provided evidence that this season could have the same triumphant outcome.

Manuel Pellegrini's side were typically well-organised and hard-working, against a Newcastle team given an injection of optimism by a close-season of hectic transfer activity overseen by their manager Alan Pardew.

And while they did not create many chances, City always had a greater cutting edge than Newcastle, even if the hosts threatened to cause an upset in the closing stages.

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