Manchester City triumphed over a valiant Newcastle team (4-3) at St James’ Park after an incredible encounter on Matchday 36 of the Premier League. Ferran Torres (hat-trick), who scored one of the best goals of the season, is one of the Skyblues’ great architects of success.
For his first official exit as champions of England 2020-2021, Manchester City traveled to Newcastle, this Friday evening, on behalf of the 36th day of the Premier League. To face the ogre Mancunien, Steve Bruce organized his team of the Magpies, which has nothing more to play at the end of the year across the Channel, in 3-5-2 with one of the men in the form of the moment, Joe Willock, or the attacking duo Miguel Almiron-Allan Saint-Maximin. For his part, Pep Guardiola rested his central hinge Dias-Stones by Eric Garcia and Nathan Aké. If Mahrez also took a place on the bench and the Sterling-Jesus-Torres trio was lined up in front, the surprise start was that of Scott Carson (35), the third goalkeeper of the Cityzens, who had not played in the Premier League since the month of May 2011 (with West Brom at … St James’ Park).
After the traditional guard of honor of the premises at the Skyblues, Manchester City put, unsurprisingly, the foot on the ball at the start of the game and obtained an opportunity on this completely unscrewed shot from Jesus (8th), while Güdongan was missing him- also precision (12th). But against the course of the game, it was Newcastle who upset the new champions of England by opening the scoring thanks to Krafth, author of his 1st goal with the Toons on a corner from Shelvey (1-0, 25th). Not enough to worry the Mancunian machine, which was soon to get back into working order, despite a new fear on this free kick from Shelvey hitting the crossbar of Carson (35th). And logically, while the Cityzens had remade the siege of the surface of the Magpies, the strike of Cancelo, deflected by Murphy, ended its race at the back of the nets of Dubravka (1-1, 39th).
Rain of goals at St James’ Park, hat-trick for Ferran Torres with one of the goals of the year
In the process, Guardiola’s troop even took the lead on this incredible gesture from Torres, scorer on an aerial heel lobbing the opposing goalkeeper on a free kick kicked by Gündongan (1-2, 42nd). But now, after a new foray by Saint-Maximin into the opposing camp, Aké threw himself naively and was logically sanctioned with a fault for having mown Joelinton. After a few minutes of hesitation due to a VAR check, the Brazilian did not shake and transformed the penalty, even though Carson had started on the right side (2-2, 45 + 6th). Back from the locker room, a Man City still purring giving the impression of evolving at a small trot. Newcastle took advantage and bravely played his luck but lacked sharpness in the last move (47th, 55th, 58th). The Magpies were also rewarded for their efforts. On an acceleration from Willock, Walker committed the irreparable in his area and the midfielder on loan from Arsenal appeared this time in front of the 35-year-old goalkeeper. If Carson repulsed Willock’s attempt, the latter still resumed victoriously the leather (3-2, 62nd). But the finalist of the Champions League has the answer and proved it in St James’ Park, the scene of a crazy game at a furious pace.
Ferran Torres, again, scored two new express achievements to put his team back in front of the scoreboard, first by taking a cross from Jesus (3-3, 64th) then by following well a strike pushed back by the post of Cancelo. (3-4, 66th). The end of the match ended on the same basis, Manchester City seeking to kill the meeting (77th, 83rd, 90th, 90 + 1st) where Newcastle did not let go (81st) but seemed a notch below physically. The score did not move and it was the Skyblues who had the last word (4-3) between two teams without complex and evolving with the only pressure to offer a show to the delight of the supporters while waiting for their return to the stage soon. In the standings, Manchester City (1st, 83 points), which has a twelfth success in a row away from home, is now 13 units ahead of its rival and runner-up Manchester United. Newcastle (16th, 39 points) misses the opportunity to gain three places, but Steve Bruce’s men can leave their den with their heads held high after their performance against the English champion.
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