Newcastle 3-4 Man City: Ferran Torres hat-trick settles thriller for Premier League champions

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 (Pool via REUTERS)
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Ferran Torres scored a remarkable hat-trick as Manchester City celebrated being Premier League champions with a thrilling 4-3 win over Newcastle.

In their first game since retaining the league crown won by Liverpool last year, City won a record-breaking 12th away league game in a row.

City dominated early on but Newcastle took the lead against the run of play in the 25th minute when Emil Krafth found space to head home Jonjo Shelvey's cross.

Joao Cancelo's deflected drive levelled it up in the 39th minute and Torres put City ahead with a clever piece of improvisation to convert Ilkay Guendogan's cross.

But Newcastle were level in first-half stoppage time when Joelinton converted a penalty past City's veteran keeper Scott Carson who was making his first appearance of the season.

Joe Willock put Newcastle in front again just past the hour, converting a rebound after Carson saved his penalty.

But City were in no mood to offer any gifts and were level again within two minutes as Torres converted a cross by Raheem Sterling on the stretch.

Two minutes later, Torres completed his hat-trick when he was on hand to steer home a rebound after Cancelo struck the woodwork with a fierce drive from outside the area.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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