Goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero gave the Premier League giants the perfect start to their European campaign in the Czech Republic on Tuesday night
Edin Dzeko opened the scoring and Yaya Toure's stunning strike doubled City's lead before Sergio Aguero stunned the Czech champions with a third soon after.
City have failed to progress from the group stage in the last two seasons but a convincing victory at the Doosan Arena will give them high hopes of an extended run this time around.
|By Harry Slavin
"City improved on a sluggish first-half display after half-time in the Czech Republic to breeze past Viktoria Plzen.
"Edin Dzeko wasted a gilt-edged opportunity to put the visitors ahead when he headed straight at Matus Kozacik from six-yards in the first half - but he redeemed himself by opening the scoring soon after the break.
"Yaya Toure then added a sumptuous second before Sergio Aguero made sure of the points with a low drive from just inside the box."
Plzen were unable to call on defensive duo Marian Cisovsky and Radim Reznik, however, as both were ruled out due to injury.
And to make matters worse for the home side, Pellegrini's men were rampant from the off. Plzen goalkeeper Matus Kozacik was called into action after just six minutes to tip Spain winger Navas’ right-foot strike from 20 yards out over the crossbar.
But City faced a scare when Aleksandar Kolarov was shown a yellow card for handball 16 minutes in and the defender then took a risk when he fouled Milan Petrzela three minutes later, although referee Paolo Tagliavento was happy just to give a free-kick.
Joe Hart fisted away the resulting set-piece from skipper Pavel Horvath - but City responded and Dzeko should have scored when he headed straight at Kozacik after being picked out by Kolarov.
The Premier League side continued to probe as Aguero rattled the post with a shot from outside the penalty area and Kolarov fired the rebound straight at the keeper. Indeed, the visitors were unable to break the deadlock before the break.
But City were in front just two minutes into the second half and Aguero was the architect, sliding a pass into the path of striker partner Dzeko, who found the bottom-right corner with a measured left-foot finish.
Dzeko fired over the bar a few minutes later but City doubled their lead after 52 minutes in spectacular fashion when Toure bent a stunning right-foot strike into the top-right corner of the net from 25 yards out.
City were rampant and they were out of sight when Aguero turned sharply just inside the penalty area and fired home with a clinical left-foot finish.
From then on, there was no looking back as Pellegrini's side completed a very comfortable European night to give them a much-needed three points. Based on tonight's performance, City fans will expect more of the same.