Report and free match highlights as Man City win a 12th successive away Premier League, breaking the current record in the top four tiers of English league football held by themselves and Chelsea; Newcastle awarded two penalties, but Ferran Torres hat-trick helps champions to victory
Friday 14 May 2021 22:06, UK
Man City began their latest Premier League reign with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Newcastle, with Ferran Torres’ hat-trick helping City to more history.
Pep Guardiola’s side walked out to a guard of honour at St James’ Park, having clinched the Premier League title on Tuesday evening after Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester gave them an unassailable lead.
It was a good thing they already had the trophy wrapped up too, otherwise Friday’s game would have proved to be a nail-biting and nervous evening where the pendulum continuously swung between the two sides.
Newcastle – who are already assured of their own Premier League safety – took a shock lead when Emil Krafth (25) nodded home his first top-flight goal, beating Man City debutant Scott Carson. But City replied with a quick double – Joao Cancelo (39) and Torres’ (42) superb first strike firing the champions in front.
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But there was more VAR drama to come in the first half. In the second minute of injury time, Nathan Ake’s clumsy challenge saw Joelinton fouled in the area. Referee Kevin Friend initially turned down the penalty after Allan Saint-Maximin was adjudged to be offside in the build-up, but VAR ruled the Newcastle forward onside and the penalty was subsequently awarded. Joelinton (45+6) then hammered home from the spot to level things up before the break.
⚽⚽⚽ Ferran Torres (aged 21 yrs, 75 days) is Man City’s third youngest PL hat-trick scorer after Mario Balotelli (20yrs, 138 days) & Raheem Sterling (20 yrs, 313 days) pic.twitter.com/Wn05W78gHj
The second half continued in the same topsy-turvy vein. Newcastle were awarded another spot-kick just after the hour as Kyle Walker fouled Joe Willock. It was the Arsenal loanee who stepped up for the second, seeing his penalty saved by Carson but slotting home the rebound (62), scoring in his fifth successive Premier League game.
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But Torres completed his hat-trick soon after (64, 66) – both smart finishes, much like his first – to seal a hard-earned three points for Man City.
It was their 12th successive away win in the Premier League – the most in the top four tiers of English league football – and beat the record held by Chelsea (2008) and themselves (2017).
Victory moves City onto 83 points at the top of the table, while a spirited Newcastle remain in 16th with both teams having two league games left to play.
🧤 35-year-old Scott Carson makes his Man City debut and his first appearance in the PL for a decade, against Newcastle tonight. His last match in the competition also came at St. James’ Park, playing for West Brom in a 3-3 draw v Newcastle in May 2011 pic.twitter.com/pGx9SuGxJB
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Newcastle are back in Premier League action on Wednesday, hosting Sheffield United, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 6pm. Man City play on Tuesday, travelling to Brighton; kick-off 7pm.
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