Torres hat-trick inspires Man City to victory in seven-goal thriller v Newcastle
Ferran Torres grabbed his first Manchester City treble as the champions fought out their craziest game of the season.
Pep Guardiola's men completed their 12th away win on the bounce beating the all-time record of Chelsea in 2008, and City themselves four years ago.
But victory came with drama as the goals flooded in – three in six minutes to end the first half, and three in four minutes as City came from behind after an hour.
Torres, 21, was the match winner, as City played as if still giddy from their midweek title celebrations into the early hours of Wednesday.
Fifteen pizzas, Catalan beer, “dancing and hugging” was the warm up for a clash with Newcastle, so no wonder the game was so chaotic.
Newcastle took the lead after 24 minutes, from the unlikely source of Swedish defender Emil Krafth.
Jonjo Shelvey delivered to the back post where Krafth worked his marker Nathan Ake to head his first goal for United.
What a night for No3 City keeper and forgotten man Scott Carson, 35, who was surprisingly handed his City debut.
The last time he played in the Premier League was ten years ago for West Brom in a 3-3 draw on Tyneside and Carson admitted he was a bit nervous and said: “I thought my Premier League days were over.”
Guardiola said: “Everybody loves him so much and we wanted to let him play and be part of the success.”
Shelvey came within a whisker of doubling the Geordie's lead, hammering a free kick won by Miguel Almiron, against the bar.
But City were typically pretty, got level before half time through Joao Cancelo and a bit of luck. He rifled a shot from an angle which took a deflection off Jacob Murphy which spun it past Martin Dubravka.
With three minutes City were ahead, Ilkay Gundogan's front post free kick brilliantly flicked over Dubravka by the outside of Torres's boot.
A true moment of brilliance, and the Spaniards 16th of the season for club and country. Two more were to be added later.
Newcastle were undeterred. Deep in first half injury time VAR ruled Ake slid into Joelinton after Allan Saint-Maximin's breakway.
The £40m star demanded the spot kick and hammered it past Carson. It was a harsh award. Even replays showed Joelinton trod on Ake's foot as he slipped.
After 62 minutes Newcastle were ahead again, with another penalty. Arsenal loanee Joe Willock burst into the box and was clipped by Walker.
The youngster took the spot kick and it was saved well by Carson, but no hero moment… as Willock squeezed home the rebound for his five in five games.
That left United 3-2 up, but they were 4-3 down four minutes later.
Torres pinged home Gabriel Jesus' low cross to get City level again 100 seconds after Willock's pen.
Then Torres completed his hat-trick a minute later, volleying home the rebound after Cancelo hit the post.
That's why City are champions.
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