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LIVERPOOL, England---Two days into the
English Premier League season and there
is a familiar sight at the top of the stand-
ings. Manchester City began the defence
of its title with a 2-0 away victory over
Newcastle yesterday, with star forwards
David Silva and Sergio Aguero scoring
at St James Park.
Liverpool---the runner-up last season---
was less convincing against Southampton
at Anfield but still took the three points,
with Daniel Sturridge s 79th-minute goal
clinching a 2-1 win in the team s first
match of the post-Luis Suarez era.
Raheem Sterling put Liverpool ahead
in the 23rd, but Brendan Rodgers side
struggled for fluency and Nathaniel Clyne
deservedly equalised for Southampton in
With Burnley-Chelsea wrapping up the
first round of fixtures today, City is the
only team to have won by more than a
"We have talked to the squad about the two
H s---hungry and humble," City manager Manuel
Pellegrini said. "We need both if want to continue
winning titles and improve on what we did last
Bidding for a third English league title in four
years, City began the season in ominous fashion
with a clean sheet and a professional performance,
sprinkled with opportunistic goals.
Spain playmaker Silva raced on to an impudent
back-heel from Edin Dzeko to open the scoring
with a low finish in the 38th minute.
Newcastle applied pressure in the final 15 minutes,
only for Aguero to add a second on a counter-
attack in stoppage time, the Argentina striker slotting
into the far corner after his first shot was parried
out to him by goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Aguero came on as a late substitute along with
Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, showing the strength
in depth in the champions squad after a low-key
summer when Pellegrini has focused on bolstering
his defense and midfield.
Chelsea is the favorite with British bookmakers
after improving its attack by signing Diego Costa
and Cesc Fabregas, but City still could be the team
"We were brave and we went for it," Newcastle
manager Alan Pardew said. "In the end, the quality
With Suarez departed to Barcelona for $130 mil-
lion, a new "SAS" partnership could be emerging
Sterling and Sturridge rescued Liverpool in a flat
display that saw a new-look Southampton seize
the initiative at the start of the second half.
Clyne s goal---a fierce strike into the top corner
after a neat flick from Dusan Tadic---came at a time
when Liverpool lost its way and Southampton wast-
ed some great openings before Sturridge pounced
for the winner.
Sterling, who slipped home a low finish after
Jordan Henderson s curling pass to give Liverpool
the lead, turned provider when he headed the ball
into the six-yard box where Sturridge reacted quick-
est to turn in a shot.
The victory was only just preserved as Morgan
Schneiderlin struck the bar for Southampton in the
88th minute and substitute Shane Long headed the
rebound just wide.
Without Suarez, the Premier League s top scorer
last season, Liverpool is set to find life much tougher.
BERLIN---Bayern Munich opened its German Cup
defence with a 4-1 win at third-division side
Preussen Muenster yesterday.
Robert Lewandowski crossed for former Borussia
Dortmund teammate Mario Goetze to score with a
header in the 19th minute, and Thomas Mueller
claimed his 100th goal in a competitive game for
Bayern ten minutes later.
David Alaba s powerful shot in off the crossbar
made it 3-0 in the 52nd, before Mueller set up sub-
stitute Claudio Pizarro to score in the 73rd. Rogier
Krohne scored an 89th-minute consolation from the
penalty spot for Muenster.
There was still time for goalkeeper Daniel Masuch
to save Lewandowski s weak penalty attempt in injury
time. Midfielder Marc Heitmeier was sent off for
bringing down the Polish striker. Bayern defender
Holger Badstuber played his first competitive game
since December 1, 2012.
Bayern gets German Cup
defence off to good start
Man City, Liverpool open
Premier League with wins
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