Manchester City have come back with a bang, with a 5-0 win over beleaguered Norwich at the Etihad Stadium.
City can thank the Norwich defence for much of their goals. The first goal was due to goalkeeper, Tim Krul’s own mistake. The goal came from a ball passed to Gabriel Jesus on the wing whose shot hit Grant Hanley, who tried to defend the ball but it deflected off the goalkeeper, Krul and went inside the net. Norwich’s defensive frailties were exposed when Jesus, came from the right-wing and served a ball which went straight through several at the front post and to new signing, Jack Grealish who easily finished the chance he got.
City had a Ferran Torres goal struck down, due to a foul by Bernado Silva on Milot Rashica during the build-up of the goal.
Norwich made changes during halftime. They brought in Bali Mumba and Kenny McLean, as they replaced Dimitrios Giannoulis and Lukas Rupp. City also made a change at the 61st minute, when they replaced Torres with Raheem Sterling.
City’s third goal came when a corner from Ilkay Gundogan was brought down, and during the scramble, it came to the feet of the defender, Aymeric Laporte who fired from the edge of the six-yard box.
Sterling scored the fourth goal for City, when Jesus again delivered a pass from the wing, which came to the feet of the English forward at the back post. Riyad Mahrez scored the fifth goal, adding to the pain, as a lofted ball from Ruben Dias, thoroughly exposed the Canaries defence and found the Algerian who scored it pretty easily.
City’s man of the match has to be Gabriel Jesus who had three assists in this match and always looked threatening from the wing. For Norwich, they have to look towards the future games, as they need some wins to stay in the top division. City, meanwhile, will be very happy as they get their title campaign off the mark, after the loss to Tottenham.