West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Manchester City
As expected, this one was going Manchester City's way right from the start. Yaya Toure opened up the scoring for the Citizens in the ninth minute. His low, seemingly harmless, shot took a couple of strange deflections before trickling past Boaz Myhill in the WBA goal.Toure's brace came in the 24th minute at the tail end of a fantastic one-two from Wilfried Bony at the top of the West Brom box.
The best chances for the remainder of the half came in quick succession. In the 41st minute, Raheem Sterling, freshly arrived in Manchester from Liverpool, got behind the WBA line and was clear on Myhill's goal. The American keeper held his ground however and stopped Sterling's shot in its tracks. This set off a quick West Brom counter attack that ended in Saido Berahino slotting past Joe Hart, but that flag had been correctly raised for offside.
The second half was the same story. West Brom looked out gunned as City controlled the game. Vincent Kompany headed home a corner in the 59th minute to make it 3-0. City was then content just playing out the match, although they did allow a couple chances to West Brom in the form of plenty of second half corners that never amounted to anything.
One thing is for sure about this City team. They will score plenty of goals this year. Just think, yeah it was West Bromwich Albion, but they accomplished this thrashing on the road without Sergio Aguero in the starting eleven. There were a couple of nervy moment in defense, so expect them to concede more than a few goals along the way, too. Thankfully for them, this was West Brom, who did an adequate job of thwarting their chances by themselves, usually with an offside flag.