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Tevez hits brace in resounding win

Manchester City 3 Liverpool 0

Man City flexed their enormous muscles at Eastlands to delight the man who made it all possible, and delivered their biggest victory over Liverpool since 1937 - a resounding 3-0 triumph.

Sheikh Mansour could not have picked a better night to watch the team he has spent £1billion on in a league game for the first time.

James Milner enjoyed an outstanding debut, setting up Gareth Barry for City's opener before Carlos Tevez claimed to have got a touch to Micah Richards' goalbound header just after half-time. A brilliant double save from Joe Hart snuffed out any chance of a revival before Tevez sent Pepe Reina the wrong way from the spot after Martin Skrtel had fouled Adam Johnson.

It capped a performance that proves City have the credentials and the talent to win the biggest prize they can this season, if manager Roberto Mancini can keep his vast squad happy.

The first goal came about because of a momentary failure from Steven Gerrard. Johnson spotted Milner advancing just beyond the Liverpool skipper and found him with a smart pass.

Milner delivered the perfect cut-back into an area he hoped a team-mate had filled - Barry obliged and did the business from 10 yards with a neat side-footed finish. It was the high point of a one-sided first-half.

Liverpool could certainly not have complained if they had been further adrift. Roy Hodgson's men struggled to retain any source of possession, which just confirmed the gaping hole Javier Mascherano will leave should he get his wish to start another phase of his career away from Anfield.

The only time Liverpool came close was in the flurry of activity that followed Gerrard's explosive free-kick that thudded against the post after half-time. Hart was beaten on that occasion but not when David Ngog had a go. England's new number one palmed that away, straight into Fernando Torres' path. It seemed a certain goal but Hart stood firm again, repelling the Spain striker with a magnificent save with his left hand.

That this all came after a second City goal, which Tevez claimed even though any touch to a Richards header from Milner's corner was so faint as to render it impossible to spot. Reina could not keep it out anyway.

Nor did the goalkeeper do any better when Tevez sent him the wrong way from the spot after Johnson had been fouled by Skrtel.

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