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Late Reading strike means City draw at home

10 April 2019

A late strike from Andy Rinomhota ruined a late Norwich City comeback as the points were shared with Reading at Carrow Road in a 2-2 draw.

City dominated the opening half but found themselves a goal down at the interval when Yakou Meite converted from a low Modou Barrow, Reading's only effort on goal in the half.

After wave upon wave of pressure from City, it looked like it wasn't going to be their night with the deficit still there heading into the final ten minutes.

However, a screamer from Ben Godfrey and bullet header from Christoph Zimmermann ensured the Canaries were ahead heading into stoppage-time. However, Rinomhota's late strike helped Reading travel home with a point.

Daniel Farke made one change and it was like-for-like, with Todd Cantwell coming straight in to replace the suspended Emi Buendia on the right wing. That left a spot free on the bench which was occupied by Dennis Srbeny.

A cagey opening ten minutes saw little in the way of goalmouth action. City came closest to threatening when Marco Stiepermann’s cross was met with a full connection from Teemu Pukki.

City began to up the ante after that and begin to get behind the Reading defence. A smart Stiepermann run earned a corner and from that, Onel Hernandez cut in and saw his low drive push round the post by Emiliano Martinez.

A quiet spell then followed with City dominant in possession and that was followed by a nice move on 29 minutes. Kenny McLean’s pass intended for Stiepermann was dummied by the German and it fell kindly for Pukki whose cutback found Hernandez, however his low strike was smothered by Martinez.

Seconds later, with their first shot on goal, Reading took the lead. Modou Barrow was sent racing down the right and his low cross was dispatched by Meite into the roof of the net.

City almost had an immediate equaliser when Jamal Lewis’ looped cross was volleyed towards goal by Stiepermann, however Martinez dives quickly to his left to save well.

City worked it well on 37 minutes and should have equalised. McLean and Max Aarons played a neat one-two on the right and the former crossed for Pukki at the near post but he couldn’t divert the ball into the net from a few yards. Shortly after, Cantwell volleyed towards goal from just inside the area but the ball flashed millimetres over the crossbar.

On the stroke of half-time, patient build-up saw the ball worked to Aarons whose low cross was flicked just wide of the far post by Pukki.

City came firing out of the traps and twice went close to equalising. A dipping Tom Trybull strike whacked the post on 47 minutes and must have taken a deflection because a resulting corner was cleared a Aarons flashed a strike narrowly wide.

Reading resisted the early second-half pressure to quieten the home crowd, but again City went close to equalising on the hour mark a fierce Lewis cross was met by Pukki, however Martinez tipped the ball over.

The visitors strike duo of Barrow and Meite combined for the second time in the match on 66 minutes when the latter was played through but he could only flash a low strike across the face of goal and wide.

City thought they should have had a penalty on 70 minutes when Pukki went down in the corner the area but referee Keith Stround waved away appeals. Moments later, Jordan Rhodes was introduced for Cantwell.

City continued to dominate possession as the game entered the final 15 minutes. Hernandez cut in from the right and hit the side netting with a low strike as the hosts began to throw everything to get back into the game.

They got their just rewards with just a few minutes left on the clock when Ben Godfrey surged forward from centre-back, played a one-two before unleashing a powerful strike inside the far post and beyond the reach of Martinez.

The comeback was complete just minutes later when Zimmermann met McLean's cross and guided a header in off the post to send the home crowd crazy.

However, Reading equalised with the last kick of the game when Rinomhota found the far corner with a precise strike, ensuring the points would be shared.

Today’s Golden Goal times were:
 
1st Goal: 29:08
2nd Goal: 85:15
3rd Goal: 87:07
4th Goal: 90:00
 
Lucky Number 1592

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