SERGIO AGUERO bagged an ideal hat-trick as Manchester Metropolis brushed Newcastle apart to take care of a 12-point lead on the prime.
Coming off the again of their first defeat of the season, the Premier League leaders had been in cruise management after Aguero opened the scoring along with his head on 34 minutes.
The Argentine then doubled their benefit from the spot after Raheem Sterling was bundled down within the field.
However the hosts switched off moments later and Murphy, a £12million signing from Norwich, produced a wonderful end out of nothing to stage a late comeback.
That was foiled when Metropolis’s all-time main scorer bagged his third and 22nd objective of the season in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola made two adjustments to his beginning line-up with David Silva and left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko coming into the facet.
And whereas Newcastle had been holding Metropolis at bay for the opening half hour, their resilience was damaged when Kevin de Bruyne’s whipped cross was glanced into the nook by the 29-year-old.
Query marks had been raised as as to if Aguero really touched the ball however the striker was given the advantage of the doubt.
Metropolis continued to pile on the stress within the second half they usually had been awarded a penalty when Javier Manquillo was adjudged to have bundled Sterling to the bottom.
Aguero made no mistake and Guardiola’s facet had been cruising to their 21st win of the marketing campaign.
However out of nowhere Murphy scored his first objective for Newcastle when he was put by way of on objective.
With simply Ederson to beat, he maintained his composure and chipped the Brazilian to spark a comeback.
Mo Diame virtually took benefit of Ederson’s blunder to carry the guests stage.
However the recreation was over when Leroy Sane danced across the Newcastle defence earlier than laying it on a plate for Aguero to attain an ideal hat-trick.
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