Spaniard’s hat-trick edges victory over Newcastle in seven-goal thriller
A Ferran Torres hat-trick helped champions Manchester City celebrate their coronation with a 4-3 victory over Newcastle United and a Premier League record.
Newcastle took the lead through Emil Krafth, who headed Jonjo Shelvey’s corner past City debutant Scott Carson for his first Premier League goal.
Shelvey then hit the bar with a free-kick before Joao Cancelo kick-started a three-minute turnaround, his shot finding the net with the help of a deflection.
Torres’ superb volleyed back-lick gave the visitors a 42nd-minute lead but Joelinton fired Newcastle level from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Nathan Ake.
Steve Bruce’s team took the lead courtesy of a second penalty, this time scored by Joe Willock on the rebound, but the hosts were behind within four minutes.
Torres converted Gabriel Jesus’ cutback from close range to level and then reacted quickest to the loose ball after Cancelo had hit a post to complete a fine hat-trick.
A record-breaking 12th straight Premier League away victory takes Man City’s tally to 83 points.
Newcastle stay 16th with 39 points from 36 matches.
Newcastle: 19 May v Sheff Utd (H)
Man City: 18 May v Brighton (A)
Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes. Fourth official: Lee Mason. VAR: Darren England. Assistant VAR: Harry