Manchester City set a new all-time record in England’s top 4 league tiers after pipping Newcastle United 4-3 away on Friday’s Premier League tie.
The win means Man City are now the first team in the history of the top four tiers of English football to win 12 consecutive league games away from home, since the formation of the Football League in 1888.
A hat-trick from Ferran Torres was the highlight of a remarkable game that swung back and forth which was eventually won by the newly crowned Premier League champions.
Man City went behind to Emil Krafth’s powerful header from Jonjo Shelvey’s corner in the 25th minute.
Joao Cancelo equalised for Man City on 39 minutes with a deflected effort into the bottom right corner before Torres expertly turned home Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick in the 42nd minute to make it 2-1 to Pep Guardiola’s men.
On the stroke of half-time City defender Nathan Ake was deemed to have fouled Joelinton, allowing the Brazilian to score from the penalty spot.
A poorly judged tackle by City full-back Kyle Walker, saw Newcastle being awarded a penalty.
Arsenal loanee Joe Willock saw his effort from the spot saved by Scott Carson but reacted quickest to the rebound to make 3-2 on 62.
Just two minutes after Willock’s goal City drew level thanks to Torres who found the top right corner from Gabriel Jesus’ delivery.
And in the 66th minute Torres became the youngest player to score a league hat-trick for a Guardiola team, after he turned in a Joao Cancelo shot that came back off the Newcastle post to make it 4-3.