Manchester City have soared to the top of the Premier League table after thrashing West Bromwich Albion3-0 in their opening match at the Hawthorns.

The visitors dominated possession in the early stages before taking an early lead through the Ivorian midfielder, whose shot from just outside the box took a deflection and dribbled past the goal line.

It continued to be one-way traffic as Manuel Pellegrini's charges passed the ball around with ease and left their opponents dumbfounded.

Before long, City had doubled their lead courtesy of their talismanic midfielder, who played a one-two withWilfried Bony before coolly lashing the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards.

West Brom had to wait until the half-hour mark before even registering their first shot from goal, a wayward 35-yard free kick from debutant Rickie Lambert.

The latter stages of the half saw a surge in action as Raheem Sterling was played in clean through on goal, but his shot was weak and easily stopped by Boaz Myhill.

Moments after that chance the hosts broke and Saido Berahino got the ball into the back of the net, only for the referee to call offside on the move.

West Brom continued to improve after the restart as Lambert lashed a free kick onto the roof of the City net, while Berahino failed to control a ball just eight yards from goal.

Despite this, the visitors remained unfazed and soon killed the game off on the hour, Vincent Kompanyleaping high over the West Brom defence to emphatically nod a corner home.

Tony Pulis's charges, to their credit, never gave up and continued to threaten Joe Hart's goalmouth, Chris Brunt sending a cross into the box that was nodded into the goalkeeper's arms by James Morrison.

Callum McManaman then appealed for penalty seven minutes from time after being challenged for a header in the box by Eliaquim Mangala, but the referee waved away the call.

Ultimately the Baggies couldn't do enough to grab at least a consolation as the 2013-14 Premier League champions got their campaign off to the perfect start, climbing to the top of the table after the first round of games and consigning their opponents to 20th place.

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