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Etihad Stadium (ATT 47,072) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

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D Silva (43)
S Aguero (pen 54, 67)
C Tevez (pen 65, 74)

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Premier League: Manchester City make light work of hapless Aston Villa

Last Updated: 17/11/12 6:39pm

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Manchester City maintained their unbeaten start to the season in some style on Saturday as they crushed Aston Villa 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

David Silva opened the scoring for the Premier League champions, before two goals apiece from Argentine strike duo Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez put a rather lop-sided slant on the final scoreline.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match: David Silva. Makes Manchester City tick and deserved to find himself on the scoresheet.
  • Goal of the match: City sliced through Villa with ease as they made it five, with Tevez rounding off a flowing move.
  • Moment of the match: The decision to award City their first penalty appeared harsh and Villa were always chasing the game from that point on.
  • Talking point: Can anyone stop City this season, with Mancini's men still unbeaten? Can Villa's young team steer clear of relegation danger?

A comprehensive victory was enough to take City back to the top of the table, for a few hours at least, while out-of-sorts Villa tumbled into the drop zone as a result of Reading's victory over Everton.

Roberto Mancini's men dominated possession throughout, but struggled to break a stubborn Villa defence down during a scrappy first half and left themselves open to counter.

Vincent Kompany almost put through his own net at one stage, but Joe Hart came to his rescue, but City's pressure finally paid off two minutes before half-time when Villa failed to deal with a Samir Nasri corner and, after seeing the ball ricochet around the box, Silva was in the right place to bundle home.

Paul Lambert likely told his troops at the interval that there was still all to play for, but within nine minutes of the re-start City had doubled their lead in contentious circumstances.

Aguero calmly stroked home from the spot, but the awarding of a penalty for an apparent handball by Andreas Weimann left Villa incensed - with it their opinion that the forward did not make contact with the ball as it fizzed past him.

Villa's mood went from bad to worse as the afternoon wore on, with seemingly everything going against them right now.

City, though, were now in complete control of the tie and netted twice in the space of as many minutes to wrap up the points.

Tevez rolled home the Blues' second penalty of the game following a handball by Barry Bannan and Aguero made it four on 67 minutes as he led a swift counter and fired past Brad Guzan at his near post via the aid of a deflection.

The final act of a game bossed by City saw Tevez convert a low cross from Nasri, with the goal left gaping in front of him.

It has been suggested at times this season that City have been performing below their best, but such accusations could not be levelled at them on Saturday and they will be hoping to have ignited their title defence in front of their own supporters.


Manchester CityTeam StatisticsAston Villa
5Goals0
11st Half Goals0
10Shots on Target2
11Shots off Target3
5Blocked Shots6
9Corners4
9Fouls7
1Offsides4
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
90Passing Success78.6
14Tackles26
92.9Tackles Success84.6
66.9Possession33.1
66.2Territorial Advantage33.8
622Total Passes295
30Total Crosses13
127Lost Balls123
56Recoveries30
72.11st Half Poss.27.9
63.52nd Half Poss.36.5

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 34 74
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 34 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29

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