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Man City, Liverpool open Premier League with wins
Man City, Liverpool begin new Premier League season with narrow wins
By STEVE DOUGLAS
Associated Press
2014-08-18 03:01 AM

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Two days into the English Premier League season and there is a familiar sight at the top of the standings.

Manchester City began the defense of its title with a 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday, with star forwards David Silva and Sergio Aguero scoring at St. James' Park.

Liverpool -- runner-up by two points last season -- was less convincing against Southampton at Anfield but still took 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, with Nathaniel Clyne equalizing for Southampton in the 56th.

With Burnley-Chelsea wrapping up the first round of fixtures Monday, City is the only team to have won by more than a one-goal margin.

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