Manch­ester City in 3-0 vic­tory over West Brom in the Premier League

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Yaya Toure scored twice in the first half Mon­day as Manch­ester City be­gan its Premier League cam­paign with an im­pres­sive 3-0 win over West Bromwich Al­bion.

Toure scored with two shots from just out­side the area in the ninth and 24th min­utes as the visi­tors dom­i­nated the match from the start. Cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany headed in the third in the 59th in a fluid team per­for­mance that sig­naled that Manuel Pel­le­grini’s side will again be se­ri­ous con­tenders for the league ti­tle af­ter re­lin­quish­ing the crown to Chelsea last sea­son.

New sign­ing Ra­heem Ster­ling also looked lively for City but fluffed his best chance to score with a weak ef­fort when through on goal in the 41st minute.

The mar­gin of vic­tory puts City atop the stand­ings af­ter the open­ing week­end. And with Chelsea held to a draw, Ar­se­nal los­ing and Manch­ester United and Liver­pool both earn­ing un­con­vinc­ing 1-0 wins, this was by far the best per­for­mance of the first round. Even more wor­ry­ing for their ri­vals is that City did it largely with­out star striker Ser­gio Aguero, who only came on as a sub­sti­tute for the last 25 min­utes.

He’s likely to be back in the start­ing lineup for a tougher test next week­end, when City hosts Chelsea in an ea­gerly an- tic­i­pated matchup.

Toure and Kom­pany were among City’s most heav­ily crit­i­cized play­ers last sea­son when they failed to reach the high stan­dards of the pre­vi­ous ti­tle-win­ning cam­paign. But both sig­naled they’re back to their best this time around.

Toure’s first goal came with a bit of luck as his low shot was de­flected by Craig Daw­son and trick­led slowly over the line past a sta­tion­ary Boaz My­hill in goal. The sec­ond was su­perb, though, as Wil­fried Bony laid the ball off just out­side the box and Toure curled an un­stop­pable ef­fort into the top cor­ner.

Ster­ling, who caused the West Brom de­fense plenty of prob­lems with his speed and move­ment, was then sent clear on goal in the 41st but could only side­foot a tame ef­fort too close to My­hill.

Kom­pany’s third was also a bit lucky as he met a cor­ner by the near post and the ball hit his shoul­der be­fore loop­ing over My­hill. The Bel­gium de­fender cel­e­brated by jump­ing up and down in front of the trav­el­ing City fans, show­ing just how badly he wants re­demp­tion af­ter last sea­son.

“We came here to­day know­ing we had a point to prove,” Kom­pany said. “Me more than any­one else prob­a­bly. ... I just want to get back to my best level.” Judg­ing by this per­for­mance, Kom­pany and City are al­most there.


Manch­ester City’s Vin­cent Kom­pany scores dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween West Bromwich Al­bion and Manch­ester City at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Eng­land, Mon­day, Aug. 10.

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