Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League table with a dominant victory over West Bromwich Albion in the final game of the opening weekend.
Two goals from Yaya Toure - the second a peach - in the first half subdued the home side, who created little in the form of chances and lacked the resilience to even up the match.
Vincent Kompany then put the icing on the cake with a deft header from a corner in the second half to make it 3-0.
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While there were several notable displays from City, one being David Silva, the stand-out performer was undoubtedly Yaya Toure, who carried the team at times and proved his worth as a goalscoring midfielder capable of defensive discipline.
The opening goal of the game was relatively scruffy after trickling past goalkeeper Boaz Myhill following two deflections, but the second was beautifully dispatched into the top-right corner of the net by the big Ivorian.
Toure collected the ball in the attacking third and set off on a dribble before delivering it to the feet of Wilfred Bony on the edge of the box. His countryman then teed it up nicely to create an opening, which Toure exploited with a curling shot from 20-yards out.
Capitalising on early slip-ups by title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, City will be very pleased to have gained all three points in the Monday night game.
One of the main reasons for their failure to retain the Premier League last year was due to an inability to kill off the mid-table teams - a trait that was far from visible in this dominant display.
It will be interesting now to see if they can sustain the excellent start to the season and race away from the other contenders for the trophy.
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