Kolarov struck a super free-kick on just five minutes - after which City never looked back. The match was sealed after Kolarov's cross was expertly turned home by Sergio Aguero on the hour. Milner thumped home a third a minute from time with a wonder free-kick.
He will be delighted with the return to form of David Silva, who was back to his creative best at the heart of City's midfield.
One sour note for home fans was Mario Balotelli's decision to go straight down the players' race after being substituted for Aguero, who struck barely four minutes later.
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