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HAT TRICK: Torres triple tops Toon as City win thriller

 

Ferran Torres scored three in a thrilling 4-3 victory for Manchester City over Newcastle United on Friday night.

City have already wrapped up the league title, while the Magpies are safe from the drop this season.

That allowed both teams to play without fear and restrictions and as a result, we were treated to a seven-goal thriller.

The visitors enjoyed more than 80% possession but still conceded three goals.

Firstly from Emil Krafth, who headed in from Jonjo Shelvey's corner to open the scoring.

Pep Guardiola picked a much-rotated side which included Scott Carson making his first appearance for the club.

Joao Cancelo was one who returned to the starting eleven and he equalised for City.

His shot from outside the box was deflected into the net to make it 1-1.

Ferran Torres would get the first of his three goals for City shortly after with a magical piece of ingenuity.

He angled his foot in mid-air to guide İlkay Gündoğan's free-kick over the head of Martin Dúbravka.

 

Late first-half drama

 

Newcastle would equalise before half time though when Joelinton scored from the penalty spot.

Nathan Ake brought down the forward in the area with a sliding tackle.

The decision was initially an offside call against Allan Saint-Maximin from earlier in the build-up.

However, after a VAR check, the official said he was onside and the spot-kick was awarded.

Joe Willock would be brought down in the second half which gave the home team another penalty.

Kyle Walker tripped the on-loan Arsenal man on the right-hand side of the area.

Willock missed the penalty but converted the rebound to make it 3-2 to Steve Bruce's side.

They weren't ahead for long though - two quickfire Torres strikes put the Champions back in front on Tyneside.

 

Could Torres replace Aguero at City?

 

Sergio Aguero is set to depart Manchester City this season and a replacement is needed.

That replacement could already be a part of the current squad.

Torres' three-goal showing could force his manager to use him at the top of the formation going forward.

"He has incredible numbers in his first season in the Premier League," Guardiola said post-match.

"He's so clinical. I'm going to have to think about him as a striker."

The player also agrees with the City boss, as Torres added, "My first position is right-winger but I've learned this year to play in the three positions up front so I feel comfortable in all of them.

"I have never played as a number nine before but I played as a false nine today and scored a hat-trick so why not?"


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