Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City: Canaries end champions’ unbeaten run

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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Carrow Road
Norwich City made a glorious display to inflict the first Premier League defeat of Manchester City in an ecstatic Carrow Road because January.
The Canaries took full advantage of a performance from the winners who was careless in the extreme and characterised and were missing 11 gamers but made light of those injuries.
Kenny McLean rose unmarked to fulfill Emiliano Buendia’s corner and 10 minutes later doubled their advantage when a flowing move started by Marco Stiepermann with Teemu Pukki setting up Todd Cantwell for an easy conclusion ended.
Sergio Aguero’s header before the separation seemed to have launched the stage for a Manchester City comeback but a misunderstanding between Nicolas Otamendi along with John Stones, that had been typical of their displays, watched the Argentina centre-back assaulted to get Pukki by Buendia to score.
Rodri scored his first goal with two minutes left to make it a nerve-jangling finish before referee Kevin Friend’s closing whistle was the spotlight for wild parties and inflict a defeat that renders Pep Guardiola’s side five points adrift of Liverpool for Manchester City.
It had been inevitable City would miss the course, composure and quality of Aymeric Laporte — who’s set to stand out for six months with a knee injury — but that display suggests the gap he leaves is much more ominous for Manchester City.
Guardiola has dropped influence and quality with the injury of Laporte as well as Vincent Kompany’s departure and the nightmare came true at Carrow Road as Otamendi and Stones needed a time.
City’s manager will know he must trust the pair.
Guardiola himself shouldn’t escape criticism for the defeat once he left Kevin de Bruyne out then delayed his arrival until later Norwich had re-established their lead. Choices mystified along with also a price was paid.
The way of Norwich’s goals will concern Guardiola, ranging from bad marking at set bits — that is becoming a recurring issue — to catastrophic efforts to perform out from the back.
Stones and Otamendi were riddled with nerves throughout, their lack of understanding represented from the fact they had played together as a centre-back pairing six occasions in the last 20 months.
It would be ludicrous to start writing off the title hopes of a team so rich in quality but that five-point gap to Liverpool looks big when you believe Jurgen Klopp’s team just lost once in the league last season, to City, also have won their opening five matches this period.
Norwich City’s resources were so thin from naming two goalkeepers on the seat that boss Farke made the numbers up as 11 players had been eliminated from his group by trauma.
He said he couldn’t»park the bus» since he didn’t have sufficient defenders — instead the German trustworthy his typical intense strategy and what an occasion it gave the Canaries supporters inside a bouncing Carrow Road.
After they had the chunk, not scared to play out from the 25, norwich were fiercely disciplined in defence but in addition ambitious and confident.
They had 11 high-class performers but particular mention must go at the back and the creative genius of Buendia, who pushed City as he demonstrated with the next objective.
And is Pukki, about the mark once more with a poacher’s goal if he passed across the face of goal for Cantwell but also unselfish.
After City’s inevitable charge came, Norwich were out on their feet however hurled their bodies to block shots while goalkeeper Tim Krul performed heroics when called upon.
This was a performance which could send through Norwich City — and really the supporters who kept noise up through an occasion they’ll remember for a very long moment.
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