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Norwich edged out by Leicester

Norwich City were not rewarded for a much improved display against Leicester City as goals from Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton saw the Foxes win 2-1.

Norwich created numerous chances and had the better of the second half, after going into the break at 1-1, but a goal from Albrighton put the visitors in front with 15 minutes to go and then Canaries were denied an equaliser, by an offside flag, when Kenny McLean headed home from a corner.

Head coach Daniel Farke made two changes from the side that lost 5-0 to Manchester City last time out with Brandon Williams and McLean coming into the starting 11.

However, having impressed in the recent 6-0 Carabao Cup win over AFC Bournemouth, there was no place in the squad for Christo Tzolis as he missed out through injury.

Norwich fell behind in the seventh minute when a mistake led to Ricardo Pereira being fed in down the right channel and he did well to pick out an unmarked Vardy who swept the ball home, first time, into the top corner.

The Canaries were still enjoying plenty of territory and possession though and had their first effort on target when Max Aarons cut in from the right and slid a pass across the box for McLean to fire at Kasper Schmeichel.

Todd Cantwell then hit an effort wide, following a neat one-two with Pierre Lees-Melou and then Lees-Melou brought an excellent save out of Schmeichel after the Leicester keeper had given the ball away cheaply to Milot Rashica.

Leicester were still dangerous on the counter though and Tim Krul was forced into a good save from Vardy after a ricochet, from a Youri Tielemans’ pass had got him in on goal.

Norwich were back on level terms when another good forward run from Lees-Melou got him on the end of a Cantwell pass.

Çaglar Söyüncü slid into win the ball and at first referee Robert Jones pointed for a corner. However, VAR checked the incident, and after going to the pitchside monitor to look at the challenge again, he changed his made and awarded a penalty that Teemu Pukki converted.

The second half began with Norwich creating the first opening as Rashica broke from his own half to get the ball to Cantwell 25 yards from goal, but his effort was just over the crossbar.

Rashia and Pukki then teed up Lees-Melou with a similar sight of goal but his right foot shot was also over the visitors’ goal.

Next, after 55 minutes, it was Pukki’s turn to have an effort at goal but his header, from a Max Aarons cross was straight at Schmeichel. Moments later James Maddison, on his return to Carrow Road, had a chance to put the Foxes back in front when a corner dropped to him at the near post, but he dragged his effort into the side netting.

The just after the hour Tielemans was afforded too much room 20 yards from goal but, thankfully, his effort at goal was also wayward.

Brendan Rodgers then made an attacking change for Leicester City on 66 minutes, bringing on striker Kelechi Iheanacho for midfielder Harvey Barnes. Daniel Farke responded with a double change on 72 minutes, bringing on Josh Sargent and Lukas Rupp from Lees-Melou and Pukki.

Leicester retook the lead three minutes later though when Maddison found Albrighton in the box and he sent a right-foot finish across goal and into the bottom corner.

Sargent almost equalised within two minuts when Rashica found him in the box but his side-foot finish was wide of the goal. Kenny McLean then headed the ball in the back of the net but the goal was ruled out for an offside on Todd Cantwell. VAR checked the decision and agreed with the match officials original ruling.

Norwich kept pressing forward though as Lukas Rupp had a shot deflect just off target. The Canaries then forced a succession of corners in stoppage time that Krul went up for but they were unable to find an equaliser as Idah fired wide with the last chance of the match.

Norwich City: Krul (GK); Williams, Gibson, Hanley ©, Aarons; Gilmour (Idah, 78), McLean, Lees-Melou (Rupp, 72); Cantwell, Pukki (Sargent, 72), Rashica. Unused substitutes: Gunn (GK), Omobamidele, Zimmermann, Giannoulis, Sørensen, Rupp, Dowell, Sargent, Idah. Goals: Pukki (44) Bookings: Lees-Melou (24)

Leicester City: Schmeichel (GK) (C), Söyüncü, Barnes (Iheanacho, 66), Tieleman, Vardy, Maddison (Desbury-Hall, 85), Albrighton, Amartey, Pereira (Castagne, 10), Ndidi, Thomas. Unused substitutes: Ward (GK), Jakupovic (GK), Choudhury, Praet, Daka, Soumare Goals: Vardy (7), Albrighton (76) Bookings: Albrighton (68)

**HT:**1-1 Venue: Carrow Road Referee: Robert Jones

Today’s official Golden Goal times were: 1st Goal: 07:28, 2nd Goal: 43:31, 3rd Goal: 75:44. And the lucky number was 0777 – the winner will receive a meal in Delia’s for two people.

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