© AP, Aug 19, 2013

Man City thrash 10-man Newcastle 4-0

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City quickly hit its stride in the Premier League on Monday, mixing power with panache to thrash 10-man Newcastle 4-0 in Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge and send a strong message to its title rivals.

Yaya Toure scored the pick of City's goals in an irresistible display at Etihad Stadium with a sublime 50th-minute free kick, adding to first-half goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero and a late strike by substitute Samir Nasri.

It was a complete performance - and a powerful response to impressive wins by Manchester United and Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season.

On this evidence, it could be another season of struggle for Newcastle, which played the second half with 10 men after Steven Taylor's straight red card for a swing at Aguero.

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