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Manchester City came from behind twice to overcome Newcastle United 4-3, with Ferran Torres scoring his first hat-trick.
After joining Manchester City from Valencia last summer, young Ferran Torres has had a mixed season in the Premier League (PL). While the Spaniard has shown flashes of his undeniable brilliance, his performances for the Premier League champions have been inconsistent. Pep Guardiola gave the 21-year-old a rare start against Newcastle United on Friday night, and he seized the opportunity with both hands, scored a magnificent hat-trick.
Torres's best performance in the sky blue shirt came at St James' Park, when he scored a beautiful goal off an amazing flick to put Man City up 2-1 on the night and convince the world that he is a future superstar.
Torres's goal was his fifth in 22 appearances for City in his first season, and it was important in the Premier League winners' first-half comeback.
Newcastle's Emil Krafth scored the game's first goal, but Manchester City's Joao Cancelo equalized. Then, with his acrobatic attempt, Torres put City ahead. Just before halftime, Joelinton equalized for the home team.
Newcastle took the lead in the 63rd minute when Joe Willock scored. However, a goal from Torres brought the visitors back level in the 64th minute.
Torres then scored again two minutes later to make it 4-3 and complete his first hat-trick for Manchester.
Torres has already scored seven Premier League goals this season. In the post-match news conference, Guardiola showered praise on him, suggesting that following Sergio Aguero's departure, the Spaniard may be City's future number nine.
“This is his first season in England, and his statistics are outstanding. He arrived as a winger, but now he must consider becoming a striker. He was there while Sergio (Aguero) and Gabriel (Jesus) were out. He scored goals against Leeds United and Crystal Palace, among others. He didn't play for long periods of time, but when he did, he had a feeling of purpose,” Guardiola remarked.