EPL: Norwich City produce brilliance to stun Manchester City 3-2
Defending champions Manchester City were stunned by Norwich City, as the latter edged past 3-2 in their Premier League clash at Carrow Road on Saturday. While this was City's opening loss of the season, it has not done much harm to them, as they still consolidate the second spot in the table this week. Meanwhile, the win boosts Norwich's confidence. Here's the report.
The opening quarter of the game saw the first strike for the hosts, as Kenny McLean headed a perfect one from Emi Buendía's corner to send it to the top-right corner in the 18th minute. A couple of minutes later, City looked to retaliate as Raheem Sterling looked to level it for the visitors with a 20-yard strike, which unfortunately went wide.
The second quarter saw City's Sergio Aguero head Sterling's cross over the bar in the 28th minute. However, the very same minute saw Todd Cantwell double it for the hosts, courtesy of a fine team-work. Three minutes later, Sterling tried his luck with the head, only to be denied by the post. Nonetheless, Aguero pulled one back, right at the stroke of half-time.
The start of the second half saw Norwich's Teemu Pukki come up with a chance in the 49th minute, as the ball just edged past the post. However, he converted it the very next minute for Norwich's third, courtesy his great ball control. Meanwhile, City came up with two strikes, as Aguero's 58th-minute strike and Bernardo Silva's 61st-minute strike was blocked by Norwich's defense.
The fourth quarter saw Buendia's 30-yard strike go wide in the 73rd minute, while Aguero headed one over the bar, five minutes later. The 88th minute saw a good header from Sterling being denied by Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, as Rodrigo pulled off a consolation in the 88th minute. Aguero was denied again by Krul in the 92nd minute, as Norwich won 3-2.
While it was not the best of nights for City, it was one for Aguero. He has now become the third player to score in the opening five matches of an EPL season, after José Antonio Reyes (Arsenal, 2004-05) and Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, 2011-12).
City would look to regroup as they get set to begin their UEFA Champions League commitments when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, while they would be up against Watford in the EPL on Saturday. Meanwhile, Norwich travel to Burnley on Saturday.