MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City recorded its biggest victory over Liverpool in 73 years, winning 3-0 Monday in the Premier League as the owner who funded the team's massive spending spree watched his investment live for the first time.
Gareth Barry put Man City ahead in the 13th minute at Eastlands after being set up by fellow England midfielder James Milner, whose arrival last week took the team's spending to about $180 million since it finished fifth last season.
Micah Richards scored on a header in the 52nd minute and Carlos Tevez converted a penalty in the 68th after Martin Skrtel fouled Adam Johnson.
The emphatic win for Roberto Mancini's side came at a good time, with Abu Dhabi owner Sheikh Mansour attending his first match since buying the club in September 2008 and subsequently spending huge sums on players.
“It's the first time the Sheikh has been here and he witnessed a fantastic night,” Mancini said. “I was pleased to show him a good game, that was important. The mentality was the most important thing for us, not the formation or anything else, the mentality can win us games.”
In stark contrast, Liverpool is searching for new owners to clear its debts and strengthen the squad. Liverpool was without Javier Mascherano, who coach Roy Hodgson said was not in the right frame of mind to play because he wants to join Barcelona.
Liverpool created one first-half chance but Steven Gerrard fired wide after being set up by Fernando Torres. City goalkeeper Joe Hart thwarted Torres in the second half with a superb left-handed save.
STOCKHOLM — Agon Mehmeti scored twice Monday to lead Malmo to a 2-0 win at Halmstad.
Mehmeti scored just before halftime and again in the 66th minute in Malmo's fifth straight victory.
Malmo leads the Swedish league with 45 points, two ahead of Helsingborg, which has played one less game.
AIK, the defending champion, lost 1-0 at third-place Orebro after Nordin Gerzic scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Also, Gefle and Mjallby drew 3-3, Atvidaberg won 2-1 at Kalmar, Hacken and Elfsborg drew 1-1, Djurgarden beat IFK Goteborg 2-0, and Gais and Brommapojkarna drew 1-1.