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Manchester City edge Newcastle 4-3 on Ferran Torres hat trick

Sports Desk, May 14 (EFE).- Ferran Torres made a case Friday for his inclusion in the Manchester City squad that faces Chelsea at the end of the month in the Champions League final, scoring three times to power the newly crowned Premier League champions 4-3 over Newcastle United.

While Torres has appeared in a score of matches since joining the club at the start of the season, winning a permanent spot on a team as talent-laden as City is no easy task and the 21-year-old Spain international made the most of the opportunity.

Before play started at St. James’ Park, the home side provided the traditional guard of honor for City, who clinched their third Premier League title in four years earlier this week with a loss by second-place Manchester United.

With City already champions and the Magpies assured of staying up for another season, neither team was under pressure and they combined to create 90+ minutes of entertaining soccer.

Despite having only 17 percent possession and making 191 passes to City’s 919, the hosts would end the contest with just one fewer shot on target and twice led Pep Guardiola’s men.

Newcastle’s Joelinton threatened on the counter in the 24th minute and City defender Kyle Walker blocked the shot aside for a corner.

Jonjo Shelvey lofted the ball into the box, where Emil Krafth out-jumped Nathan Ake to head past 35-year-old City goalkeeper Scott Carson, playing his first Premier League match in a decade.

Shelvey nearly made it 2-0 in the 35th minute with a free-kick that bounced off the cross-bar.

Four minutes later, City drew level with a goal by Joao Cancelo, whose strike took a deflection off defender Jacob Murphy to leave keeper Martin Dubravka with no chance of making the save.

Torres made it 2-1 for City in the 42nd minute with a spectacular goal off Ilkay Gündogan’s free-kick.

Deep in first-half stoppage time, a VAR review led to a penalty for the Magpies after Ake brought down Joelinton in the area. The Brazilian converted from the spot and the teams went to the break knotted 2-2.

Just past the hour mark, Newcastle won another penalty, this time for a Walker foul on Joe Willock, who saw Carson stop his kick but managed to knock in the rebound to give the hosts a 3-2 advantage.

Torres put City back on terms two minutes later, redirecting a Gabriel Jesus cross. The Spaniard completed the triple in the 66th minute when the ball rolled to him after a blast from Cancelo hit the post.

City extended their away winning streak to 12 matches, the longest in the history of the English Football League, founded in 1888. EFE

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