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Memorable Match: Norwich City 4-0 QPR

28 December 2020

With Queens Park Rangers the visitors at Carrow Road on Tuesday, we’ve taken a look back at the last time we met.

City dominated the game with 68 percent possession, 18 shots and four goals, despite having to play the final 20 minutes with ten men.

April 6, 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Carrow Road

What was on the line?

The Championship title. City were on terrific form going into this game having won each of the seven previous matches. But with Sheffield United and Leeds United still within touching distance, three points remained crucial.

For QPR, John Eustace’s side may have been looking over their shoulders at Rotherham United, who were threatening to climb out of the relegation zone and close the gap between the two sides.

How the game unfolded

Norwich came flying out of the traps, Emi Buendia receiving a cross from Max Aarons and cushioning the ball into the bottom left corner in the sixth minute.

Six minutes later, Marco Stiepermann doubled the Canaries’ lead with a powerful shot into the bottom right corner from distance, too much on it for Joe Lumley.

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We went into the half-time break with a comfortable lead when QPR gave the ball away to Buendia on the edge of the 18-yard box, the Argentine putting it on a plate for Teemu Pukki to slot in for 3-0 in the 38th minute.

In the second half, Pukki got on the end of a long aerial pass from Christoph Zimmermann to net his brace, but not before Buendia saw red for a challenge on Josh Scowen.

Despite the man advantage, QPR failed to get back into the game, City coming away with a convincing 4-0 win at Carrow Road.

City XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis, Trybull (Rhodes 89’), McLean, Buendia, Stiepermann (Cantwell 80’), Hernandez, Pukki (Leitner 87’)
Unused substitutes: McGovern,Klose, Hanley, Vrancic

What happened next?

Norwich drew four games in a row, yet were able to win the final two matches of the season and lift the Championship title at Villa Park in May.

QPR managed just two wins from their final six games, form that saw them fall to 19th in the second tier, ultimately comfortably avoiding relegation by 11 points.

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