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10-man City beat Queens Park Rangers 4-0

6 April 2019

Norwich cruised to a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers despite playing part of the game with 10-men.

The Canaries got off to a flying start with goals from Emi Buendia and Marco Stiepermann inside the first 15 minutes, followed by a third from Teemu Pukki ahead of the break.

A straight red for Buendia saw City play the final 20 minutes with 10-men, but Norwich continued to dominate and Pukki added a fourth to the scoreboard.

Daniel Farke named the same starting eleven for the eighth consecutive week following City’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough last Saturday.

Norwich made a good start to the game with a lovely bit of movement between Max Aarons, Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki which ended with the Finn racing at goal, but he could only fire his shot into the hands of Joe Lumley from a tight angle.

City dominated possession from the off, with the Canaries taking the lead just six minutes in with a goal from Emi Buendia. Ben Godfrey sent a sensational ball out to Aarons on the right which he placed across the box for Buendia to finish in the bottom corner.

Pawel Wszolek tried to break down the right for QPR 10 minutes in, but Jamal Lewis battled to win the ball and a free-kick was awarded in favour of the City left-back.

Up the other end Norwich got their second with Marco Stiepermann finding the back of the net with a low shot from 25-yards.

City kept up the pressure and continued to attack with Onel Hernandez almost making it three just before the 20-minute mark after weaving towards goal, however his low shot was smothered by Lumley.

The Cuban saw another chance as Kenny McLean played him through with a superb ball, but his shot flashed narrowly wide.

A brilliant chance came again with half an hour gone as Pukki cut the ball back into Hernandez’s path, but he scuffed the ball wide.

Caretaker boss John Eustace made his first change just after, with his side still to have a shot at goal. The change saw Toni Leistner on for Jake Bidwell.

QPR’s first shot came 36 minutes in with the ball falling to Angel Rangel to fire from the edge of the box, but Tim Krul got down to make a smart save inside his near post.

Pukki made it three for City in the 38th minute after a mistake by Luke Freeman 30 yards out. Buendia stole the ball and fed it through to the Finn to slot home.

Norwich were awarded a free-kick just ahead of half time after Joel Lynch fouled Stiepermann just outside the box. The German midfielder stepped up to take it, but his effort went just over and onto the top of the net.

Norwich started off the second half with the same energy and dominance, with QPR struggling to get time on the ball.

The visitors won their first corner of the game 56 minutes in, taken by Freeman. His cross was put out by a City head for another flag-kick the other side. Krul was forced into action to deny a goal-bound header from Furlong, and did well to get down and push it away.

Rangers made their second substitution in the 59th minute, with Josh Scowen on for Geoff Cameron.

The chances kept coming for City with a great run from Pukki who played it out to Stiepermann on the right. He cut the ball back to the top of the box where Buendia was waiting unmarked, but he couldn’t keep hit shot down and sent it just over the bar.

Norwich went down to 10-men with 20 minutes to go after Buendia was shown a straight red for a sliding tackle on Scowen.

QPR then made their final change, with Wszolek off for Bright Osayi-Samuel.

Farke made his first substitution with 10-minutes to play, with Todd Cantwell replacing Stiepermann.

Pukki got his second goal of the game in the 85th minute after latching on to a long ball from Tom Trybull and hitting it past Lumley into the top left corner. 

City made their final two changes, with Moritz Leitner on for Pukki and Jordan Rhodes on for Trybull.

Today’s Golden Goal times were:
1st Goal: 5:08
2nd Goal: 11:07
3rd Goal: 37:37
4th Goal: 84:29
Lucky Number: 3595

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