Norwich City beat Leicester City for the first time in the Premier League since November 1994 with a crucial 1-0 victory at Carrow Road on Friday night thanks to Jamal Lewis’ stunning second-half volley.
Daniel Farke made one change to his starting lineup from last weekend’s defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Lukas Rupp dropping to the bench with Emiliano Buendia returning to the eleven in his place.
As for Leicester, Jamie Vardy was surprisingly left out of Brendan Rodgers’ squad as Kelechi Iheanacho took his spot up front.
The visitors, who were looking to tighten their grip on the Champions League qualification places, had the first chance of the game when James Maddison’s corner was headed over by Hamza Choudhury.
Norwich had a similar first chance of their own, Ben Godfrey heading straight at Kasper Schmeichel from an Ondrej Duda corner minutes later.
Dennis Praet was next to test Tim Krul, shooting straight at him after Harvey Barnes had played the ball inside to Leicester’s number 26.
At the other end, Teemu Pukki found himself in a good position to shoot on goal after being teed up by Duda, but the effort was blocked well by Caglar Soyuncu.
In an end-to-end affair the shots continued to come, with Iheanacho presented with time and space to shoot well over the bar from distance in the 24th minute.
Praet came closer for the Foxes a minute later as he hit the outside of the post when he latched onto an inviting right-wing delivery from Ricardo Pereira.
Leicester continued to assert their authority, Maddison sending a dangerous cross into the 18-yard-box for Krul to deal with.
Ayoze Perez had a couple of chances towards the end of the first half, one of which was deflected over and the other saved at the near post comfortably by the Canaries’ shot stopper.
Whilst Brendan Rodgers’ side had the vast majority of first-half chances, few of them were clear cut, as emphasised by Iheanacho’s shot going well over the bar in the 37th minute.
Norwich showed a glimmer of what they’re capable of going forward when Pukki, Buendia and Todd Cantwell linked up in a tight space in the final third, but the Finnish forward saw the resulting shot drag wide.
Maddison had another corner headed straight at Krul by Jonny Evans before Alexander Tettey had a shot blocked wide from distance to wrap up an eventful if uninspiring opening 45.
The away side thought they had taken the lead at the start of the second half when Iheanacho got the wrong side of Ben Godfrey before curling a shot into the far corner, but the goal was ruled out after VAR picked up a handball from Iheanacho in the build-up.
Leicester remained on top, Perez heading wide from a Chilwell cross in the 54th minute.
Duda almost had his first goal in a Norwich shirt in the 61st minute when he saw his long-ranger sting the palms of Schmeichel on its way over the crossbar.
As the second half wore on, the tide began to turn. Jamal Lewis did really well to send City on the counter while under a high press from Leicester, and Duda ought to have scored when he had another chance, this time shooting straight at Schmeichel.
Duda then saw a free kick hit the wall and go out for a corner, before Daniel Farke introduced Rupp in place of Cantwell.
In the 70th minute, the deadlock was broken in some style. Norwich took the lead with one full-back providing for the other, an inviting Aarons cross smashed into the far corner beautifully by Lewis’ perfect volley. Carrow Road was bouncing.
With minutes to spare, the yellows continued to search for the second as Josip Drmic, on as a substitute, cut inside and went for the far corner, but Schmeichel was on hand to save before five minutes of added time were signalled.
The Foxes dominated possession as the final whistle approached, but Norwich showed good game management to hold onto a clean sheet and three crucial points.
Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Hanley ©, Godfrey, Lewis, Tettey, McLean, Buendia, Duda (Stiepermann 87’), Cantwell (Rupp 68’), Pukki (Drmic 81’)
Unused substitutes: McGovern, Vrancic, Trybull, Idah
Goals: Lewis (70’)
Booked: Hanley (53’)
Leicester City: Schmeichel ©, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Maddison, Iheanacho, Barnes, Perez (Albrighton 78’), Choudhury (Ndidi 66’), Pereira, Praet (Tielemans 73’)
Unused substitutes: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Gray
Booked: Praet (62’)
Referee: Craig Pawson
Venue: Carrow Road
Today’s Golden Goal time was:
1st Goal: 69:44
Lucky Number 2207