The newly promoted side looked set to spring a shock at the Etihad Stadium when Steven Davis put them 2-1 up in the second half, but, as they did on the last day of the season when Sergio Aguero won City the match and the title in stoppage time, Roberto Mancini’s side came back to win, albeit not as late as three months ago.
In Sunday’s first match, Chelsea beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 with both goals coming in the first seven minutes at the DW Stadium.
The 2012/13 Barclays Premier League started on Saturday how it finished last season with 19 goals in the seven matches and players making their debuts dominating the scene.
Swansea City and Fulham enjoyed a free-scoring start to the new season, winning 5-0 against Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City respectively, while Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool reign got off to a losing start at West Bromwich Albion, his side going down 3-0.
West Ham United returned to the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, while fellow promoted side Reading were held 1-1 at home to Stoke City. In the late kick-off Newcastle United opened with a win, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.
The only match without a goal was at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal drew 0-0 with Sunderland.