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Buendia goal earns Norwich a win over Swansea

8 March 2019

A second half goal from Emi Buendia was enough to secure all three points for Norwich against Swansea City.

The visitors started off the game the better of the two sides but were unable to capitalise on their early chances. However as the match went on, the Canaries grew in confidence and a superb strike from Buendia 54 minutes in gave Norwich another victory at Carrow Road.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting eleven for the fourth consecutive week, with Michael McGovern and Todd Cantwell returning to the bench.

Swansea started the game well and had the first shot on goal after some neat passing down the pitch, but Daniel James’ weak shot was easily dealt with by Tim Krul.

Norwich saw an early chance of their own after a block from Emi Buendia fell into the path of Teemu Pukki to put across the box for Marco Stiepermann, but he couldn’t quite connect with the ball.

Krul was called into action again six minutes in with a shot from James which the Canary keeper parried away. The rebound fell back to James however he was unable to make it count.

Swansea continued to look the more confident of the two teams and enjoyed a flurry of corners taken by George Byers and Matt Grimes but Norwich weathered the storm.

Twenty minutes in and Norwich started to look more comfortable playing the ball around and pressing forwards. There was some nice movement from Buendia on the left who found Stiepermann in front of goal, but he fired it over the bar.

Ten minutes later and a brilliant dummy from Stiepermann on the edge of the box put Onel Hernandez through on the left. The Cuban fired it low across the six-yard box from Pukki was unable to get there to see it home.

Norwich picked up momentum from there and another chance came for Pukki in the 32nd minute with Buendia winning the ball from the Swansea defence to slot it through to the Finn, however he fired the ball wide from 16-yards.

Bersant Celina hit a powerful ball from 25-yards just ahead of the break which took a deflection off Kenny McLean to fly towards Krul. The City stopper did well to beat the ball away to be turned out for a Swansea corner. However the Swans were unable to make anything of it.

The Canaries replied with a good break by Max Aarons down the right. The ball was worked across to Hernandez on the other side of the pitch who cut in and shot from a tight angle, but it just skimmed over.

Christoph Zimmermann denied the visitors just moments before half time with a great sliding block, stopping James from putting the ball across the box to an unmarked Kyle Naughton and ending the first half goalless.

Christoph Zimmermann denied the visitors moments before half time with a great sliding block to deny James the chance to put the ball across the box to an unmarked Kyle Naughton.

Norwich got off to a good start with Hernandez winning a corner inside the first minute of the second half. Buendia’s ball in was headed down in a bundle of players and eventually fell to Stiepermann but he was quickly closed down and the rebound from his shot cleared.

Swansea won a free-kick on the right after Jamal Lewis was adjudged to have fouled Connor Roberts. Grimes put the ball into the box but the referee awarded a free-kick to the Canaries after spotting a foul.  

Norwich then took the lead with a superb strike by Buendia in the 54th minute. Hernandez worked the ball towards the box before cutting it back to Buendia who took a touch before firing it into the top left corner.

The Canaries dominated play from there with another good chance coming for Stiepermann in the 65th minute, but his low shot was deflected out for a corner. Buendia put the ball in but Kristoffer Nordfeldt got there first to punch the ball away.

Graham Potter made a double substitution at 68 minutes, with Courtney Baker-Richardson and Barrie McKay replacing Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer.

With 20 minutes to go, Norwich continued to look for chances to extend their lead. A lovely bit of play between Hernandez and Buendia saw the Cuban almost through on goal, but Mike Van Der Hoorn prevented his run, leading to shouts from the home fans for a penalty, but the referee waved on.

Swansea made their final change in the 81st minute with Declan John on for Byers.

The visitors were awarded a free-kick on the left for a foul by Buendia which was taken short to McKay, however his shot flew high and wide.

Farke made his first substitution a few minutes later, with Mario Vrancic replacing Stiepermann.

A good chance came for Swansea in the 88th minute with Van Der Hoorn getting to a corner cross, but he headed it over the bar.

At the other end, Norwich looked to have made it two as Pukki was played in by Buendia, but his low shot hit the post.

Norwich ended the game with another two substitutions, with Moritz Leitner and Timm Klose on for Stiepermann and Pukki.  

Today’s Golden Goal times were:
 
1st Goal: 53:51
 
Lucky Number 1545

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