EPL: Norwich stun champions City

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season as injury-hit Norwich took full advantage of defensive frailties to beat the defending champions at Carrow Road. Without the injured Aymeric Laporte, who is out until the new year after knee surgery, the City back-line were not up to scratch as the Canaries ran out shock 3-2 winners. Goals from Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell had the newly-promoted side deservedly ahead before Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time. But, with Kevin De Bruyne surprisingly only named as a substitute, the much-anticipated comeback never materialised as Teemu Pukki added a third after awful defending from Nicolas Otamendi. A late strike from Rodri was little consolation for the visitors. Norwich were without a host of injured players as manager Daniel Farke was forced to name two goalkeepers on the bench, but they were good value for their second victory since returning to the top-flight. After stemming plenty of early pressure from the visitors, Farke saw his side strike with their first opportunity. Alex Tettey, captaining Norwich on his 200th league appearance for the club, broke wide and saw a low cross blocked behind. McLean was free to run between Rodri and Raheem Sterling to head home Emiliano Buendia’s resulting corner. Aguero, so often on form when these sides meet, headed his first chance over after being picked out by Sterling’s cross. Norwich made them pay for that miss as they doubled their advantage straight after. Marco Stiepermann’s pass set Pukki clear and the Finn showed his selfless side by squaring for Cantwell to turn in his second of the season. Still the champions pushed on as Sterling hit the post with a header following a fortuitous deflection. The action continued at both ends as John Stones, fit after a thigh injury and in for Laporte, was fortunate to survive a handball claim with City again struggling to clear their lines from a set-piece. The hosts could not see out the opening 45 minutes with the arrears halved by Aguero, who was unmarked to convert a glancing header from Bernardo Silva’s cross and become only the third player to score in the opening five games of a Premier League season. An onslaught from Pep Guardiola’s men was expected, yet it was Norwich who would extend their lead soon after the restart. Otamendi and Stones survived one mix-up as Pukki raced onto a ball, only to skew his shot wide – but seconds later the striker made amends. Stones rolled the ball to Otamendi on the edge of the box and as the Argentinian dallied, Buendia nipped in to steal possession and lay on Pukki’s sixth goal of the campaign. Guardiola turned to both De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus from his bench in an attempt to get his side back into the contest. They laid siege to the Norwich goal without managing to rest Tim Krul until Otamendi headed straight at the Dutchman with 25 minutes remaining. Aguero headed high and wide from six yards as Norwich began to tire but it was Guardiola and his players who grew increasingly frustrated as a first league defeat in nine months loomed. Rodrigo arrowed in a second for the visitors with two minutes remaining but, despite constant pressure, they could not beat Krul for a third time.Tags: Aymeric LaporteCarrow RoadKenny McLeanManchester CityNorwich CityPremier LeagueSergio AgueroTodd Cantwelllast_img read more

Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener

first_imgTreble winners Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday.It was a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season and the win sent an ominous warning to potential challengers. Also, it was the biggest opening win in Bundesliga history.Bayern Munich showed they had lost none of the sharpness which helped them to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy less than a month ago in dominant fashion.Gnabry grabbed his first goal for the hosts with a fine turn and shot in the fourth minute in what turned out to be a one-sided affair.It stretched Bayern Munich’s unbeaten run to 31 games this year, having now won the last 22 matches in a row.Schalke 04, without a league win in 17 consecutive matches since January, were helpless against Bayern Munich’s lightning-quick game. Leon Goretzka found plenty of space to drive a low shot past goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann in the 19th minute.“You can see that the team was already strong last season,” said Sane, who joined from Manchester City. “The team is still hungry in spite of winning the treble last season and to have such a start is outstanding.”Bayern Munich finished their season in August when they added the Champions League to their Bundesliga and German Cup titles and then had only a short preparation for the new season.Last season’s top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski found the net with a 31st minute penalty kick to become the first player to score in 10 successive appearances against the same Bundesliga opponents.Gnabry then scored twice from Sane’s assists in the 47th and 59th before Thomas Mueller made it half a dozen after Lewandowski set him up with an impressive rabona kick. Sane then capped his superb Bayern Munich debut with a fine finish from a counter attack in an empty Allianz Arena.This was after the city had banned spectators due to rising coronavirus infection numbers in the region.A little later substitute Jamal Musiala drilled in goal number eight to become the youngest ever Bayern Munich goalscorer in the league at 17 years old.The result piled more pressure on already-embattled Schalke 04 coach David Wagner, who has been under intense scrutiny during their winless run this year.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Thiago Alcantara completes Liverpool move Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichDavid WagnerLeroy SaneRobert LewandowskiSchalke 04Serge Gnabrylast_img read more