Manchester City’s Premier League success was marked by a tumultuous victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Read more about Man City unbeaten run: Man City sets a new Premier League record below.
With a pulsating 4-3 victory over Newcastle United on Friday, Ferran Torres scored his first hat-trick for Manchester City, who set a new English league record of 12 successive away wins.
The city fell behind halfway through the first half when Emil Krafth went past Scott Carson, who was making his first top-flight start since May 2011. The city was playing their first match since their third Premier League title in four seasons was announced on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s side came back with goals from Joao Cancelo and Fernando Torres, but Joelinton equalized from the penalty spot before the break.
Newcastle took the lead again after Joe Willock’s penalty was saved by Carson, but Torres scored twice in the final two minutes to secure a thrilling victory for the champions. Despite City’s early scrutiny, it was the hosts who took the lead after 25 minutes. With Krafth heading in Jonjo Shelvey’s corner for his first Premier League goal.
Shelvey then hit the crossbar with a free-kick before City took the lead with two goals in 185 seconds.
Jacob Murphy deflected Cancelo’s shot from just inside the penalty area past Martin Dubravka in the 39th minute. Bringing their level. Torres then scored a second with a brilliant backheeled flick from Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick that looped over Dubravka. However, in first-half stoppage time, the Magpies equalized. Joelinton slamming home from the penalty spot after Nathan Ake had brought him down inside the area.
Willock gave Steve Bruce’s side the lead in the 62nd minute with a tap-in after Carson blocked his tame penalty. This was awarded after Kyle Walker tripped the on-loan Arsenal man. Torres equalized two minutes later, diverting Gabriel Jesus’ low cross into his net from six yards.
After Cancelo’s long-range shot smashed back off the post, he expertly volleyed into the roof of the net. He became the third-youngest player in Premier League history. The youngest player to score a hat-trick for City at the age of 21 years and 75 days.