Clinical Man City easily dispose of Liverpool

Manchester City’s expensively assembled team finally delivered some promise with an emphatic 3-0 victory over a disappointing Liverpool at Eastlands.

A Carlos Tevez brace, after Gareth Barry had given City an early lead, was enough to give Roberto Mancini’s their first three points of the campaign against a poor Liverpool side.

Liverpool badly missed Javier Mascherano in midfield, left out because of a possible move to Barcelona, and slick City took full advantage.

Barry gave the home side the lead after 13 minutes when the former Villa man side footed home from recent signing James Milner’s pull-back.

Liverpool rallied just before the break but barely had chance to regroup in the second half before City doubled their advantage.

Micah Richards headed Milner’s corner goalwards and Tevez with the slightest of touches helped the ball over the line.

Minutes later came the visitor’s best chance of the game as Steven Gerrard hit a post but keeper Joe Hart saved twice in the ensuing scramble.

On 67 minutes the game was over when Tevez converted from the penalty spot after Martin Skrtel had fouled Adam Johnson.

25 Hart
02 Richards (yellow card)
04 Kompany
19 Lescott
28 Kolo Toure
07 Milner
11 A Johnson
18 Barry
34 De Jong
42 Yaya Toure (Zabaleta 84)
32 Tevez (Jo 84)

01 Given,
05 Zabaleta,
08 Wright-Phillips,
21 Silva,
24 Vieira,
09 Adebayor,
27 Jo

25 Reina
02 G Johnson
05 Agger
23 Carragher
37 Skrtel (yellow card)
08 Gerrard
21 Lucas
09 Torres (Babel 78)
14 Jovanovic (Pacheco 85)
18 Kuyt
24 Ngog

01 Jones,
06 Aurelio,
16 Kyrgiakos,
17 Maxi,
28 C Poulsen,
12 Pacheco,
19 Babel

MAN CITY: Barry 13, Tevez 52, Tevez (pen) 68

Venue: City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester City
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Attendance: 47,087

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