Half-Time Report: David Silva fires Manchester City into interval lead

David Silva's 38th-minute strike separates Newcastle United and Manchester City at half time at St James' Park.

Manchester City lead Newcastle United 1-0 at St James' Park at half time in their opening Premier League game courtesy of David Silva's strike.

Newcastle player Mike Williamson challenges Stevan Jovetic during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on August 17, 2014© Getty Images

Edin Dzeko nearly put the visitors ahead with less than three minutes on the clock, but Tim Krul denied the Bosnian striker after he was picked out with a ball over the top.

Neither side could create any real openings, although Newcastle were beginning to force their opponents into making a few errors as the half progressed.

Seven minutes before the interval, City did strike against the run of play and it was Silva who made the breakthrough with a drilled finish past Krul following a flicked pass from Dzeko into his path.

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 17, 2014
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