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Norwich go down 3-2 to Chelsea

24 August 2019

City went down to a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea as Tammy Abraham bagged twice for the visitors.

An end-to-end first-half saw City twice hit back from falling behind, with Todd Cantwell opening his Premier League account and Teemu Pukki registering his fifth of the campaign. However, Tammy Abraham settled things midway through the second half and although Norwich battled well they couldn't force a third equaliser despite Ben Godfrey thumping the crossbar with a header. 

Daniel Farke picked an unchanged XI from last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United, while fit-again Timm Klose was given a spot on the bench, with Patrick Roberts dropping out.

For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante was ruled out with injury and Pedro picked up a knock in the warm-up and was replaced by Ross Barkley.

City got things going, attacking the River End in their home shirts while Chelsea were in all white. Chelsea struck an early blow, finishing well first time from an Azpilicueta cross from the right in the third minute.

City were level just two minutes later following a wonderful move. Emi Buendia picked it up centrally and showed his power and class to turn two Chelsea midfielders, drive forward and lay it off to Cantwell. He played a fine one-two with Pukki in the box and swept it home past Kepa to level things.

With the game frantic and open, it wasn’t a surprise when another goal came before the 20-minute mark. Unfortunately it was for Chelsea, with Mason Mount finding space in the area with quick feet to fire past Tim Krul, who had no chance.

Chelsea piled on the pressure, with Krul saving brilliantly one-handed from an Andreas Chistensen header from close range, and Norwich were struggling to get out of their own half as the 25-minute mark ticked around. They were also indebted to a brilliant challenge fromBen Godfrey to deny Jorginho.

Despite Chelsea’s dominance Norwich were level on the 30-minute mark, showing the Canaries always carry a threat. Buendia picked up a loose ball 40 yards out and slipped a fantastic through-ball to Pukki, whose pace took him away from Kurt Zouma and he finished under Kepa from a tight angle to level things again.

City almost took the lead a minute later. Jorginho went into the book for a late challenge on Buendia, and from the resulting free-kick Buendia ran at the wall before driving powerfully at Kepa, who did well to get down and parry. Grant Hanley was first to the rebound, but his drive through a crowd of players was also saved.

The last 10 minutes of the half were even, with Chelsea still a danger through the middle and City looking to hit them on the counter.

Chelsea had two early chances in the second half, with Mount firing wide from 25 yards and Christian Pulisic shooting into the side-netting from a tight angle. It was two let-offs for City as Chelsea started on the front foot.

Norwich were being made to work really hard defensively as the game moved into the 60-minute mark. Chelsea were camped in Norwich’s half, but City were doing well to prevent any real chances in the box until Krul saved well from an Emerson drive on the left.

Chelsea started to get frustrated as their attacks began to break down and Norwich started to look more comfortable and put more pressure on the visitors’ midfield. However, Norwich were undone against on 69 minutes when Abraham stepped inside Grant Hanley and drove powerfully past Krul from the edge of the area. That came a minute after Pukki had a half-chance after good work from Buendia, but his shot from inside the area was deflected straight at Kepa.

Norwich almost responded to going behind immediately, with Ben Godfrey powering a header from a Buendia corner against the crossbar.

Frank Lampard made his first change on 75 minutes, with Olivier Giroud replacing Abraham. Farke soon followed suit with a triple sub, with Mario Vrancic, Kenny McLean and Dennis Srbeny on for Leitner, Stiepermann and Tom Trybull on 80 minutes as City went three at the back. 

Lampard then introduced Willian for Pulisic.

City ramped up the pressure in the closing stages as the game became frenetic. Chelsea, however, held firm and City failed to create any clear chances despite throwing everything at it in the final 10 minutes. 

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley (c), Godfrey, Lewis, Leitner (McLean, 81), Trybull (Vrancic, 81), Cantwell, Stiepermann (Srbeny, 81), Buendia, Pukki
Subs not used: Fährmann, Byram, Klose, Tettey 
Cantwell (6), Pukki (31)
Stiepermann (43)

Chelsea: Kepa, Christensen, Jorginho, Barkley, Abraham (Giroud, 75), Zouma, Kovacic, Mount (Alonso, 90+1), Pulisic (Willian, 84), Azpilicueta, Emerson
Subs not used: Caballero, Batshuayi, Tomori
Goals: Abraham (3, 68), Mount (17)
Bookings: Jorginho (33)

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Kick-off time: 12.30pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: 27,032
HT: 2-2

Today's Golden Goal times:
1st goal: 02:57
2nd goal: 05:32
3rd goal: 16:53
4th goal: 30:01
5th goal: 68:00
Lucky number: 1902

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