Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/30/13
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Manchester City cruised to a 4-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium to leave Alan Pardew's side still in the thick of a Premier League relegation battle. Though City appear likely to relinquish their title to local rivals United, who are 15 points clear at the top, the reigning champions want to finish the season with a flourish and proved too strong for Newcastle once Carlos Tevez had made the breakthrough on 41 minutes. David Silva added another before the interval and further goals from returning captain Vincent Kompany and a James Perch own goal after he deflected Yaya Toure's cross were just reward for City's dominance. The first half had reached the midway point before anything noteworthy happened when a rare foray forward by Newcastle ended with Papiss Cisse striking the post from a narrow angle following a fine pass by Vurnon Anita. City responded immediately and should have taken the lead, only for Gareth Barry to side-foot over from close range after Edin ...
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