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City and Spurs share points in pulsating game

28 December 2019

Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur played out a pulsating Premier League fixture at Carrow Road with the game ending 2-2.

City enjoyed the better of the first-half and led by a goal at the break thanks to Mario Vrancic's delicate strike on 18 minutes. It could have been more if VAR had not ruled Teemu Pukki's terrific touch and finish offside 20 minutes later.

Spurs responded shortly after half-time through a Christian Eriksen free-kick but City quickly snatched the lead back on the hour mark when Serge Aurier put into his own net.

Harry Kane nestled home a penalty with just under ten minutes remaining after he was fouled by Christoph Zimmermann, resulting in the points being shared.

Daniel Farke made four changes to his starting eleven from the Boxing Day defeat at Aston Villa, with Mario Vrancic, Onel Hernandez, Jamal Lewis and Marco Stiepermann coming in at the expense of Sam Byram, Todd Cantwell, Tom Trybull and Kenny McLean.

There was a late change to the bench with Ralf Fährmann having to pull out of the warm-up through injury. Michael McGovern was drafted in.

City began well once more at home and shortly after Vrancic’s delicate through ball was snuffed out by Paulo Gazzaniga, Lewis let fly from distance and shot narrowly wide.

Stiepermann was then denied by Gazzaniga from close-range before Dele Alli wasted a good opportunity when clear after Tanguy Ndombele intercepted Christoph Zimmermann’s long ball.

Shortly after Tim Krul did superbly to beat away Harry Kane’s goalbound effort, the Canaries took the lead following some terrific pressing from their attacking four. Emi Buendia forced the mistake from Juan Foyth and Vrancic surged at the Tottenham defence before firing low past Gazzaniga.

City had their tails up and could have gone further ahead whem Vrancic turned provider on 29 minutes to play in Hernandez. The Cuban winger cut inside and saw his firm drive whistle past Gazzaniga’s far post.

City thought they had a second on 33 minutes when Teemu Pukki controlled a sumptuous Vrancic pass and slotted past Gazzaniga but after a long VAR check, the goal was ruled out for offside.

City did well to recover from that disappointment and see out their lead until half-time.

However, Spurs got their equaliser ten minutes after the restart when Lewis was adjudged to have handled the ball on the edge of the area. Up stepped Eriksen to curl the ball over the City wall an into the corner.

The scores were level for a matter of minutes though as City regained the advantage after a slice of luck. Buendia threaded the ball through the Pukki who was crowded out by Alderweireld. However, the ball bounced of the Belgian defender, onto Aurier and rolled past the despairing Gazzaniga.

City had to weather lots of pressure in the final 25 minutes and they resistance was broken as the game entered the final ten minutes. Spurs broke at pace and Kane with upended in the area by Zimmermann and he fired the spot kick into the corner to level the scoreline.

Both sides looked visibily jaded in the closing stages and the game ended level.

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley (c), Zimmermann, Vrancic (Trybull, 74), Hernandez, Lewis, Buendia, Stiepermann (McLean, 70), Pukki, Tettey (Cantwell, 85)
Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Byram, Amadou, Srbeny
Goals: Vrancic (18), Aurier OG (61)
Bookings: Vrancic (21), Lewis (54), Krul (54)

Spurs: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Aldereweireld, Foyth (Sanchez 46), Vertonghen (Moura, 46), Sessegnon, Ndombele, Lo Celso (Lamela, 74), Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Subs not used: Vorm, Dier, Skipp, Tanganga
Goals: Eriksen (55) Kane pen (82)
Bookings: Moura (68), Eriksen (90+6)

HT: 1-0
Attendance: 27,072
Referee: Kevin Friend
Kick off time: 5.30pm
Venue: Carrow Road

Today’s Golden Goal times were:
1st Goal: 17:39
2nd Goal: 54:13
3rd Goal: 60:44
4th Goal: 82:13

Lucky Number 1735

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