14th May, 2021
Ferran Torres hits a hat-trick on Friday, as champions Manchester City emerged triumphant in a seven-goal thriller against Newcastle.
One of Torres’ goals was a superb back-heeled finish. It was the highlight of a remarkable game that swung back and forth.
City won the encounter 4-3.
The visitors dominated the early stages, although without creating meaningful chances, and it was the Magpies who took the lead with 25 minutes gone.
Jonjo Shelvey delivered the set-piece to the far post, where defender Emil Krafth rose to head firmly past the helpless Scott Carson, who was making his debut for City aged 35.
Shelvey hit the crossbar before a quickfire double from City put the champions back in control.
First, Joao Cancelo’s shot clipped Jacob Murphy’s heels and flew past the wrong-footed Martin Dubravka before Torres audaciously flicked Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick across him and inside the far post.
City were pegged back in first-half injury time when Nathan Ake fouled Joelinton inside the area, and the striker brushed himself off to equalise.
Newcastle had another penalty shortly after half-time, this time Kyle Walker the guilty defender on Joe Willock, and Willock saw his effort saved before smashing home the rebound.
But, another quickfire double from City settled the game as Torres got his second and third goals inside two minutes.