Saturday December 29, 2012 Day 20 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 3 - 4 Manchester City

  • Pilkington 15’
  • Martin 63’, 75’
  • Dzeko 2’, 5’
  • Agüero 50’
  • Bunn 67’ (o.g.)

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  1. Premier League - Man City hold off Norwich in Carrow Road epic

    Premier League - Man City hold off Norwich in Carrow Road epic

    Edin Dzeko scored twice and Samir Nasri was sent off as Manchester City clung on for a thrilling 4-3 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Manchester City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time to bring a superb game to a close. It's finished Norwich City 3-4 Manchester City.
    • 90+3' MAN CITY SUB: Aguero makes way for Garcia.
    • 90+2' Man City break with pace and Aguero twists and turns to work a yard of space before shooting from the edge of the box but Bunn gets down well to save.
    • 90+1' There will be FIVE minutes of added time.
    • 90' Nastasic requires treatment after being coming off second best in a challenge.
    • 89' Toure drives forward through the middle and tries to play in Milner but overhits the pass. Norwich goal-kick.
    • 88' Milner tries to hold the ball up in the corner but runs it out for a Norwich goal-kick.
    • 87' Milner is fouled and is reluctant to get back to his feet. Man City are all too happy to wind the clock down.
    • 86' Garrido sends a free-kick into the box, Bassong nods it on and Turner shoots into the side-netting at full stretch.
    • 85' Aguero nearly finds away through five Norwich players but the Argentinean is eventually dispossessed just as he looks to unleash a shot.
    • 84' Norwich fail to clear Milner's outswinging corner, Lescott eventually gets a shot away, it's blocked and the referee blows up for a Norwich free-kick having spotted a handball. It's a franctic finish here at Carrow Road!
    • 83' Toure drives forward, shrugs off two challenges and slips in Aguero, who sees his powerful shot superbly saved by Bunn! Man City corner.
    • 81' MAN CITY SUB: Mancini has switched to three centre backs, with Dzeko replaced by Lescott.
    • 80' Norwich spread the ball wide on the left but Garrido fails to keep the ball in play. Man City throw-in.
    • 79' Having seen a replay of Martin's second goal, the Norwich man's shot found the back of the net via Joe Hart's head!
    • 78' A stat from Opta - this is only the second time Man City have conceded three goals away from home in the Premier League under Roberto Mancini.
    • 77' By the way, Dzeko's third 'goal' have rightly gone down as a Bunn own-goal.
    • 76' What a game this has been! Can Norwich finally find an equaliser after fighting back three times?
    • 75' GOAL! Mayhem in the Man City box from a Norwich corner and Martin eventually fires home!
    • 74' NORWICH SUB: Hoolahan is replaced by Jackson.
    • 73' You can keep tabs on all the action right here as we head into the sharp end of this afternoon's 3pm kick-offs. Every game LIVE
    • 72' Pilkington loses out to Milner and goes on to foul the Man City midfielder to hand the visitors a free-kick on the edge of their own box.
    • 71' Credit to the home side, their not giving up without a fight.
    • 70' Snodgrass swings in a corner, Hart comes to collect it but doesn't get close and the ball's knocked behind for another Norwich corner.
    • 69' Norwich corner. How much fight have the hosts got left in them?
    • 68' Was that a Dzeko hat-trick or a Bunn own-goal? The Man City striker will no doubt try and claim it.
    • 67' GOAL! Dzeko ghosts behind the Norwich defence and unleashes a fierce shot which Bunn tips onto the post but the ball bounces back and hits the Canaries keeper on the back of the head before rolling into the net!
    • 65' That was Martin's first Premier League goal since November 2011.
    • 64' Norwich have got the bit between their teeth and Snodgrass goes for goal from distance but his shot skids well wide.
    • 63' GOAL! Norwich halve the deficit! Snodgrass whips in a deep cross after a quick corner, Bassong nods the ball back across goal and Martin finds the corner of the net with an excellent glancing header!
    • 62' That said, Man City look happy to sit back, soak up the pressure and then hit Norwich on the counter-attack.
    • 61' Norwich are playing some nice stuff in and around the Man City box but the final ball is lacking.
    • 59' Norwich pump the ball back into the box but Pilkington gets his header horribly wrong and the ball goes behind for a goal-kick.
    • 58' Snodgrass swings in a deep free-kick but the right flank but it's headed clear at the back post.
    • 57' NORWICH SUB: Tettey makes way for Howson.
    • 56' MAN CITY SUB: Silva is replaced by Milner.
    • 55' Silva's corner is headed away at the near post.
    • 54' Silva aims his corner towards Kompany but Bassong gets their first to head behind for another corner.
    • 53' Aguero slips into the box and finds Toure, who sees his left-footed shot deflected behind for a corner.
    • 52' Johnson's cross from the right is too close to Hart and the England goalkeeper collects.
    • 51' That was Aguero's fourth goal in three Premier League matches against Norwich.
    • 50' GOAL! Man City restore their two-goal advantage! Aguero latches onto Toure's lofted through-ball and lifts the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. Superb finish.
    • 49' Pilkington's fierce shot is blocked in the box and Man City clear.
    • 48' Kane does well to hold the ball up and win a free-kick with Toure snapping at his heels.
    • 47' Can Norwich make their numerical advantage count?
    • 46' Man City get the second half underway...
    • HT The referee blows up to bring a franctic first half to a close. It's Norwich 1-2 Man City at the break.
    • 45+2' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 45+1' NORWICH SUB: Morison is replaced by Kane.
    • 45' That looked harsh. Both Nasri and Tettey went head-to-head but the referee deemed the Man City player to be the aggressor. The champions are down to ten men.
    • 44' RED CARD! Nasri is sent off for his reaction to the challenge. The Frenchman jumped to his feet and went head-to-head with Tettey.
    • 43' The referee lets the situation calm down and shows Tettey a yellow card for the challenge.
    • 42' Nasri is furious with Tettey after the Norwich defender dived in on a 50-50 challenge. Handbags!
    • 41' So close! Nasri lays off to Toure on the edge of the box but his low drive flashes inches wide of the post!
    • 39' The ball is lumped forward towards Morison but the lone striker is penalised for a foul on Nastasic. Man City free-kick.
    • 38' Nasri cuts the ball back from the byline but Zabaleta's cross is a poor one and Norwich clear.
    • 37' Gareth Barry has been superb for Man City, pulling the strings from midfield.
    • 36' By this date last season Man City’s four strikers had scored a combined total of 31 goals. This season they have provided 22 after Dzeko's early double.
    • 35' Man City have enjoyed 60 per cent of possession so far this afternoon.
    • 34' Toure chips in a cross to Zabaleta, who nods the ball back across goal and Garrido does well to head clear over the bar.
    • 33' Dzeko strides forward but Johnson stops him in his tracks with an excellent sliding challenge.
    • 32' Norwich's fans feel they should have a free-kick after a strong challenge on Tettey but the referee is having none of it.
    • 31' Pilkington has scored in Norwich's last three home wins. Is that an omen?
    • 30' Tettey is fouled just inside his own half to give Norwich a free-kick.
    • 28' Morison chips in cross from the right but Tettey can't quite bring it down on his chest in time to get a shot away.
    • 27' Morison is looking very isolated as Norwich's lone front man.
    • 26' Before today, 62 per cent of Man City's Premier League goals this season had come in the final half hour - but the visitors wasted little time in getting off the mark this afternoon.
    • 25' Norwich send a long free-kick forward but Morison can't get enough on his header to direct it goalwards.
    • 24' This game is being played at a franctic pace and Man City are piling the pressure on the Norwich goal.
    • 23' Garrido almost scores a spectacular own-goal with a volley from the edge of the Norwich box but Bunn does well to back pedal and tip the ball over the bar!
    • 22' Norwich attack down the right through Morison but the striker is dispossessed.
    • 21' Man City enjoy a long spell of possession around the Norwich box but are trying to be too intricate and that allows Johnson to clear.
    • 20' There have been goals in all six 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League. Every game LIVE
    • 19' Man City looked like they would go on to steamroll Norwich after those two early goals but credit to the hosts as they've responded very well.
    • 18' The ball drops to Snodgrass on the top-right corner of the box and his first-time shot curls just wide of the post!
    • 17' Clichy is the first player to go into the book for a late tackle from behind on Snodgrass.
    • 16' Dzeko became the third-fastest player in Premier League history to score twice in a match with his quick-fire double within five minutes.
    • 15' Kompany is furious with the referee having been penalised for the challenge which lead to that Norwich goal.
    • 14' GOAL! Pilkington's free-kick takes a deflection of Clichy which sends it past Hart and into the back of the net!
    • 13' Snodgrass and Pilkington are standing over the free-kick. Who's going to hit it?
    • 12' Kompany looks to have won the ball with the strong challenge on Snodgrass but the referee blows up for a foul to hand Norwich a dangerous free-kick 20 yards from goal.
    • 11' Silva has been very lively so far. He has created a goalscoring chance every 25 minutes this season, the best rate in the division.
    • 10' There are early goals going in all over the country. You can keep tabs right here. Every game LIVE
    • 9' Norwich break on the counter attack and Hoolahan plays in Pilkington on the wing but his cross is collected by Hart in the Man City goal.
    • 8' Silva swings in a corner but Snodgrass heads clear at the near post.
    • 7' The referee has a word with Johnson after a late challenge on Silva.
    • 6' Dzeko's first of the afternoon was Man City’s fastest league goal in two years, since Gareth Barry against Newcastle on Boxing Day 2010.
    • 5' It could be a long afternoon for Norwich City...
    • 4' GOAL! 2-0 to Man City and it's Dzeko again! Aguero gets behind the Norwich defence, cuts it back and Dzeko finishes.
    • 3' That was a superb move capped with a fine finish by Dzeko. That's his eighth goal of the season.
    • 2' GOAL! Man City take the lead within two minutes! The visitors counter attack, Aguero crosses to Silva, who finds Dzeko and the striker sidefoots past Bunn!
    • 1' And we're off!
    • 14:55 The teams are in the tunnel with just five minutes until the off! Here we go...
    • 14:50 Spurs have moved up to third after coming from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 in the early kick-off. Premier League - Lennon fires Spurs past Sunderland
    • 14:45 Here's an interesting little snippet for you. If the league had started on November 1, Norwich and Man City would be level on 18 points from 10 games, such has been the home side's good form in the last couple of months.
    • 14:40 Dzeko has scored just once in five Premier League starts so far this season, but has bagged five goals in 11 appearances from the bench.
    • 14:35 This is Morison's second start in a week after the striker played the full 90 minutes in Norwich's 2-1 defeat at West Brom. The 29-year-old holds the record for the most ever sub appearances in a single calendar year in Premier League history having come on as a substitute 25 times in 2012.
    • 14:30 Roberto Mancini has made four changes from the side that lost at Sunderland, with Gael Clichy, Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko replacing Kolo Toure, James Milner, Javi Garcia and Carlos Tevez.
    • 14:25 Norwich boss Chris Hughton has made one change from the team that lost 1-0 to Chelsea. Grant Holt, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury of late, is missing so Steve Morison moves into the starting XI.
    • 14:20 NORWICH CITY: Bunn, R. Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Morison... Subs: Rudd, Howson, Jackson, E Bennett, Barnett, R Bennett, Kane /// MANCHESTER CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko... Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Sinclair, Garcia, Kolo Toure, Tevez
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road.
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