Manchester City extend their away winning streak to 12 games by beating Newcastle in a classic after coming from behind twice.
Manchester City received a guard of honour as the newly-crowned champions took to the field for the first time since sealing the Premier League title this week.
City lost against Chelsea last time out but dropped points from Manchester United secured the league title for Pep Guardiola‘s side with three games remaining. The first of those games was on Friday evening, with a trip north to face Newcastle United – themselves buoyant after securing safety.
Pep Guardiola confirmed he was without Kevin De Bruyne through injury, but nobody could have predicted the first start for Scott Carson, who was a surprise inclusion for his City debut in a side also including Eric Garcia and Nathan Ake.
However, a Joelington penalty sent the sides in level at the break. It was nearly the perfect moment as Carson then saved a Joe Willock penalty, but the Newcastle man scored the rebound.
A quick-fire Torres double completed his hat-trick, put City back in front and they eventually saw out a record-breaking 12th consecutive away win.
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FERRAN TORRES SEALS HIS FIRST HATTRICK FOR MANCHESTER CITY
Ferran Torres enjoyed an evening to remember as he netted his first Manchester City hat-trick against Newcastle United.The Spaniard grabbed the headlines in a frenetic game at St James’ Park, with Pep Guardiola’s heavily-rotated side winning 4-3.
City fell behind to an Emil Kraft header, only for Joao Cancelo‘s deflected striker to bring them level. Torres then gave the visitors the lead with sublime mid-air back flick, meeting a free-kick to phenomenal effect.
The 21-year-old then showed his poacher’s instinct with two goals inside the box, turning home Gabriel Jesus‘ low cross and then turning in the rebound from Cancelo’s shot, which had cannoned off the post.
It means that Torres has now broken a record previously held by Lionel Messi, becoming the youngest player to score a hat-trick under Guardiola.