Torres score hat-trick as Man City win thriller against Newcastle

Ferran Torres of Manchester City (r) flicks the ball in for the second City goal as Jonjo Shelvey challenges during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on May 14, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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

Ferran Torres scored 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 called upon his Newcastle side to go toe-to-toe with the champions, will have been delighted by their response.

Having been 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, man of the match Torres had the final word, guiding Gabriel Jesus' cross into the top right corner and then becoming the youngest player to score a league hat-trick for a Guardiola team, when turning in a Cancelo shot that bounced 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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