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City beaten by Leeds at Carrow Road

25 August 2018

Norwich City were beaten 3-0 by Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship at Carrow Road.

City began well but were undone by two quickfire first-half goals from Mateusz Klick and Ezgjan Alioski.

Pablo Hernandez added a third in the second-half to succumb City to defeat.

Daniel Farke made two changes to the team which beat Preston North End on Wednesday. Alex Tettey dropped out of the 18-man squad altogether and Tom Trybull replaced him in the heart of the City midfield. The other change saw Ben Marshall swapped for Louis Thompson who made his first league start since November 2016.

City started brightly and were looking sharp going forward, with a couple of moves involving Moritz Leitner and Teemu Pukki eventually coming to nothing despite nice build-up play.

On 14 minutes, Ivo Pinto surged in from the right and slotted the ball through to Pukki but his goalbound effort was blocked at the last second.

City’s inability to capitalise on their positive opening was punished on 21 minutes as Leeds scored with their first effort on goal. Hernandez picked out Alioski running into the box from the left and his header was beaten away by Tim Krul, only for Klich to slot home the rebound.

It was two moments later as Alioski once again burst into the box from a similar angle but this time he went for goal himself and beat Krul at his near post to double Leeds’ advantage.

The visitors tried to press home their advantage and City had to be alert to prevent a third going in, although Krul was relatively unthreatened for the rest of the first-half.

The Canaries improved as the game edged towards half-time and Pukki against had a shot blocked before Bailey Peacock-Farrell produced some excellent goalkeeping from set pieces to keep the score at 0-2.

City produced the same amount of endeavour after emerging for the second-half but it was often the final ball that was letting them down.

A moment of real quality from the visitors saw them make it three on 67 minutes. Hernandez was allowed to cut in from the left and he curled the ball past Krul and into the far corner.

The third knocked the stuffing out of City and Leeds went close to adding a fourth in the final ten minutes as Alioski’s goalbound strike was headed over the crossbar.

But the result stayed at 3-0 as Leeds headed north with the points.


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