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Stubborn City claim point from Leicester

14 December 2019

Norwich City delivered a strong defensive display to draw 1-1 with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Canaries took the lead when Teemu Pukki got on the end of Emi Buendia's through ball to slide a shot past Kasper Schmeichel.

But the hosts equalised before half-time, James Maddison picking out Jamie Vardy with a corner kick, the latter heading in via the hands of Tim Krul.

Daniel Farke made two changes to the starting line-up that had lost to Sheffield United last time out.

Todd Cantwell and Tom Trybull were restored to the starting line-up, with Mario Vrancic and Onel Hernandez on the bench.

The early throes of the game were closely contested. Kelechi Iheanacho shot straight at Tim Krul from the edge of the area before skipper Alex Tettey saw a volley from a loose ball from a corner kick cannon off a Leicester and clear.

Krul was alert moments later to keep out Youri Tielemans’ shot from 20 yards at the second attempt, with Jamie Vardy in close attendance.

But again, City responded well and should have been in front on 17 minutes.

Max Aarons played a neat give and go with Kenny McLean to engineer space down the right touchline, before crossing for Teemu Pukki. The Finland international arrived at the back post, but was unable to turn the ball home when at full stretch with Kasper Schmeichel scrambling.

But Pukki was not to pass up a second golden opportunity, as the Canaries deservedly took to the lead.

Trybull slipped a clever reverse pass into Emi Buendia, who when in space between the Leicester lines immediately moved the ball on once more to Pukki. Accelerating away from Caglar Soyuncu, Pukki sent an unerring finish beyond Schmeichel and into the bottom corner.

Tempers were frayed as half time rapidly approached.

After Norwich had put the ball out of play with two players down and in need of treatment, Iheanacho and Leicester unexpectedly resumed play and refused to return possession. That sparked a melee between both sets of players, which after a VAR check concluded in a yellow card shown the way of Cantwell.

City were then denied what would have been a deserved half-time lead, as Vardy glanced James Maddison’s corner kick into the net via the glove of Krul.

The hosts began the second half in the ascendancy.

From Maddison’s long pass Vardy first rounded Krul but failed to find the target, before then seeing a shot from Ben Chilwell’s centre well held by City’s Dutch stopper.

Both sides committed numbers forward in search of a winner, in what was becoming an increasingly open affair.

Buendia sent a free kick from range over the Leicester bar before Pukki saw a shot on the break blocked.

With just under 20 minutes remaining, Vardy forced another save from Krul with an ambitious bicycle-kick towards the near post.

At the other end, Norwich had a half-chance to nick the game when a brilliant aerial pass from Buendia was chested down by Pukki. As the angle narrowed, his volleyed attempt was excellently blocked by Soyuncu, who helped deny Pukki again in the 87th minute when Pereira cleared the danger with the Finn through on goal.

There were hearts in mouths for Norwich as a late Chilwell cross was almost knocked in by Godfrey, but the Canaries held on for a precious away point.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Tielemans, Vardy, Maddison, Iheanacho (Grey 39), Pereira, Ndidi, Praet (Barnes 46)
Unused substitutes: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Perez
Goals: Krul og (38)
Yellow cards:

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Cantwell (Hernandez 84), Buendia (Vrancic 90+2), Trybull (Stiepermann 86), Pukki, McLean, Tettey (C)
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Lewis, Amadou, Srbeny
Goals: Pukki (26)
Yellow cards: Cantwell (33), Trybull (52), Buendia (60), Tettey (78), Krul (90+3)

Half time score: 1-1
Attendance: 32,101 (3,254 away)
Referee: Andrew Madley
Kick off time: 3pm
Venue: King Power Stadium

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