Newcastle United 3-4 Manchester City: Ferran Torres scores hat-trick as visitors win classic



Ferran Torres
Ferran Torres helped City establish an English league record of 12 successive away victories

Manchester City twice came from behind to win a Premier League classic against Newcastle in their first game since being confirmed as Premier League champions.

Ferran Torres registered a hat-trick for City and his superb backheeled finish was the highlight of a remarkable game that swung back and forth.

Pep Guardiola, who surprisingly selected Scott Carson in goal – almost a decade on from his last English top-flight game – saw his City side dominate early on but fall behind to Emil Krafth’s powerful header from Jonjo Shelvey’s corner.

Joao Cancelo equalised with a deflected effort into the bottom right corner and when Torres expertly turned home Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick 185 seconds later it looked as though the visitors could cut loose.

But Steve Bruce, who had called upon his Newcastle side to go toe-to-toe with the champions will have been delighted by the character his players displayed.

While they were forced to soak up considerable pressure, they levelled when City defender Nathan Ake was deemed to have fouled Joelinton, allowing the Brazilian to score from the penalty spot.

A poorly judged tackle by City full-back Kyle Walker handed the Magpies a second penalty just after the hour mark, with Joe Willock following-up to score after Carson had saved his initial spot-kick.

However, Torres and City struck back, with the Spaniard finding the top right corner from Gabriel Jesus’ delivery and becoming the youngest player to score a league hat-trick for a Guardiola team, when turning in a Cancelo shot that came back off the Newcastle post.

It rounded off a captivating encounter and brought up another milestone for Guardiola’s side, who set a new league record with their 12th consecutive victory away from home.

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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number1Player nameDubravka

  2. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  3. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  4. Squad number18Player nameFernández

  5. Squad number3Player nameDummett

  6. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  7. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  8. Squad number8Player nameShelvey

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  10. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  11. Squad number9Player nameJoelinton

  1. Squad number12Player nameGayle

  2. Squad number15Player nameLewis

  3. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

Manchester City

  1. Squad number22Player nameMendy

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Dubravka
  • 23Murphy
  • 17Krafth
  • 18FernándezSubstituted forGayleat 88′minutes
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieBooked at 36minsSubstituted forS Longstaffat 84′minutes
  • 28Willock
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 59mins
  • 24Almirón
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forLewisat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 4M Longstaff
  • 7Carroll
  • 12Gayle
  • 15Lewis
  • 16Hendrick
  • 19Manquillo
  • 29Gillespie
  • 36S Longstaff

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 33Carson
  • 2Walker
  • 50García
  • 6Aké
  • 27CanceloBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMendyat 74′minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16RodriBooked at 44mins
  • 8Gündogan
  • 21Torres
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 5Stones
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 47Foden
  • 80Palmer

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