Premier League

April 14, 2012


Norwich City

1 - 6

Manchester City

Premier League

11:45 +00:00, April 14, 2012

Carrow Road, England

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    Carlos Tevez has the match-ball and City are delighted.

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    Impressive stuff from Man City who also helped their Goal Difference tally today.

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    FULL-TIME Norwich 1-6 Manchester City

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    GOAL Norwich 1-6 Man City Adam Johnson on the scoresheet!!! Goal made by Gael Clichy who bursts into the area on the left, just in time to turn the ball across goal for Adam Johnson to finish.

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    Micah Richards charges forward, but is denied a shot on goal by a late Ryan Bennett intervention.

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    Post! Aguero hits the inside of the post after cutting in onto his right foot. Brilliant effort and so unlucky.

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    Four minutes added time...

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    Off the bar! Adam Johnson tries to curl a shot into the top corner with the outside of his foot and clips the top of the bar.

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    Not for long. De Jong wins it back and it starts once more.

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    Norwich have the ball. Crazy...

  • 87'

    Still City possession. Making the game look easy now they're 5-1 up. Funny how that happens.

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    As I say that, Toure has the Norwich defence fooled and looks to slip in Adam Johnson on the left. The sub completely mis-controls though.

  • 85'

    Playing keep-ball in midfield. Yaya Toure has made a real impact since coming on in midfield.

  • 84'

    Man City really needed this to give their title challenge a boost. Pressure firmly on Manchester United tomorrow.

  • 83'

    Full-time at Wembley: Liverpool 2-1 Everton. Andy Carroll with a late winner.

  • 82'

    Despite changing to five at the back, City gift a chance to Grant Holt. His strike is straight at Joe Hart though.

  • 81'

    Micah Richards replaces Carlos Tevez

  • 81'

    Cue ironic golf-swing celebration...

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    GOAL Norwich 1-5 Man City Tevez hat-trick!!! Terrible back pass from Ryan Bennett and Tevez is onto it quickly to round Ruddy to score.

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    Hart fails to clear another cross, but Lescott is there this time to head the ball back to his keeper.

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    Yaya Toure looks to chip a cross in from the right in the direction of Aguero. Ruggy claims.

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    Elliot Bennett looks to play in Grant Holt down the left-channel, but Kompany is there to sweep up the danger.

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    I would say that is this match decided then!

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    GOAL Norwich 1-4 Man City Aguero with his second!!! The Argentine receives the ball down the left-flank, cuts inside onto his right-foot and curls the ball into the far corner.

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    GOAL Norwich 1-3 Man City Tevez has done it again!!! John Ruddy saves Yaya Toure's shot and the ball spills out in the centre of the goal. Tevez rises above the defence to head home.

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    Steve Morison obviously sees himself as a capable Tevez/Aguero replacement. The Welshman lines up a shot from well outside the area and it is nowhere near threatening.

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    Holt appeals for a foul by Lescott. Looked suspiciously like a dive from the big man up-front.

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    Corner comes in from the City right, but Ruddy does well to claim the cross.

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    Fierce drive from Pablo Zabaleta from just inside the corner of the box. Turned over by John Ruddy.

  • 68'

    Steve Morison replaces Aaron Wilbraham

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    Big chance. Great play from Wes Hoolahan, surging through the middle. Lays the ball off for Wilbraham, but his shot is blocked by Kompany.

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    Worries for Man City as Aguero is caught and stays down. He trots off for treatment, but he should be ok.

  • 65'

    Shot count: Norwich 13-12 Man City

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    Long ball into the corner from Bennett wins Norwich a throw, as Kompany can't keep the ball in play under pressure from Grant Holt.

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    Yaya Toure on for Samir Nasri

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    At the other end Aguero makes an opportunity for a shot, but his effort strikes Tevez in front of goal.

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    Bennett's cross is headed out the area, but only as far as Howson. The midfielder fires at goal, but blocked by Lescott.

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    Another important save from Ruddy. Zabaleta is in behind the defence on the right once more and the ball sits up for the Argentine to lash the ball at goal. Ruddy saves low with his feet.

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    Elliot Ward with a cynical block on Carlos Tevez who had played the ball beyond the defender.

  • 58'

    Corner comes out to Nasri 20 yards out, but his left-footed effort is blocked at the edge of the area.

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    Aguero forces another save from John Ruddy. The Argentina striker skips past Adam Drury with ease this time.

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    Aguero has Elliot Ward for breakfast down the right and is only denied a clear run on goal by excellent defending by Johnny Howson.

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    Norwich have had 67% of possesssion so far in the second-half. Clearly on top now.

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    Bennett fires in a cross and Holt is ready to apply the finish, but a last minute Zabaleta intervention clears the danger.

  • 53'

    The confidence is flowing back into Norwich, who now seem a yard quicker to the ball in midfield.

  • 52'

    A collective cheer goes up from the red side of Manchester. Roberto Mancini looking a little worried.

  • 51'

    GOAL Norwich 1-2 Man City Surman makes Hart pay!!! Joe Hart comes to punch a chipped cross, but his punch is poor and drops to Surman to fires home on the half-volley.

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    Good effort for Norwich after build-up play from Hoolahan. Holt with the difficult effort.

  • 49'

    Silva messes up his through-ball and finds Aguero who is a good five yards offside already.

  • 48'

    Goal from Wembley: Liverpool 1-1 Everton (Luis Suarez)

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    Tevez drifts to the right-flank and is picked out in acres of space. His cross though is poor and flies out for a throw.

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    Grant Holt looks to 'jink' (that's right, jink!) between two City defenders and it almost works. Luckily Gael Clichy is covering behind to clear.

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    Second Half underway...

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    Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Surman replace Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson


    Almost time for the second-half. Subs coming for Norwich.


    A win here would cut the gap on Man Utd to just two points for City. United take on Aston Villa tomorrow at 16.00 BST.


    Can Norwich get anything from this game? Looks unlikely, but Paul Lambert won't let them take this lying down.


    The impact of Tevez does make you wonder about the rest of City's season. 'What if'...


    Second-half is underway at Wembley. Everton leading Liverpool 1-0 through Nikica Jelavic.


    Good 45 minutes for Man City, looking slick in attack and rejuvenated with the return of Tevez.

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    HALF TIME Norwich 0-2 Man City

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    Lucky there. Ruddy is coming out to claim Tevez's lofted through-ball, but Aguero is there first. If he could have controlled it, the keeper was stranded. Let off for the Norwich stopper.

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    Two minutes added time...

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    Norwich not troubling City at all now. The Citizens are coping easily with the Canaries so far.

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    Tevez looks to play in Zabaleta down the right, this time Adam Drury is there to intercept.

  • 43'

    Norwich pressure well in midfield, but De Jong is there to tidy up once more. Having a good game is the Dutchman.

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    Nasri booked for a late trip on Elliot Bennett.

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    Gael Clichy is having a very good half, defends magnificently from Russell Martin once more.

  • 40'

    It's all too comfortable for City again. Slick passing with the strikers popping up everywhere.

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    Once more City cut through Norwich, this time with Clichy down the left. The ball finds Tevez in the centre, miskicked with his left-foot.

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    Interesting effort from Aaron Wilbraham. Given acres of space by Vincent Kompany the Norwich man lets fly from 25 yards. Saved comfortably by Hart in the end.

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    Half-time score: Liverpool 0-1 Everton

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    Martin has another attempt to cross less than a minute later, but it is mishit behind Grant Holt. The big man does brilliantly though to swivel and get a shot on goal. Unfortunately, straight at Joe Hart.

  • 34'

    Both players have returned. Norwich look to attack with Russell Martin down the right, but Clichy defends the situation well.

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    Back underway then...

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    Bit of a break now as Zabaleta is down injured. Wilbraham also nursing a cut on his eye, after a collision with Joleon Lescott.

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    City dominating the midfield battle now. It is going to be very tough for Norwich if they don't step it up in the centre.

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    Silva picks Aguero out once more behind the defence. This offside trap is shaking at times. Started well, now Aguero is timing his runs to perfection. Shot blocked this time.

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    City fans in full voice then. Loving life today.

  • 27'

    GOAL Norwich 0-2 Man City Aguero bullet!!! Tevez runs off his man at the edge of the box, backheels the ball infield and Aguero is there to lash the ball home from 20 yards. Magnificent.

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    Decent response from Norwich who string together a passing move in the City half, but Silva dispossesses Holt on the flank.

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    Tevez is enjoying this and takes another strike from range. High and wide this time.

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    City looking slick in midfield with the Argentine duo of Tevez and Aguero dropping deep. Silva looks to play in Zabaleta, but the through-ball is overhit.

  • 23'

    There we go! Aguero breaks the offside trap this time and is almost round Ruddy, but loses the ball under his feet. Corner to Man City.

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    City looking much more assured in possession for their goal. Had been a nervy opening.

  • 21'

    Bit of a delay as Tevez stays down after a tackle. Eventful opening 20 minutes for Carlitos.

  • 20'

    He tries it again! Twenty yards out, Tevez lines up a shot but it flies wide via a deflection.

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    Mixed emotions for City fans on Tevez right now, I am sure...

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    GOAL Norwich 0-1 Man City Tevez with a screamer!!! From the angle of the area Tevez unleashes a screamer into the top corner. Point proved.

  • 17'

    Aguero caught offside once more. Norwich's strategy working well so far, but it is certainly risky.

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    City look to spring forward in attack, with Aguero laying-off Barry's ball forward. The Argentine though was offside.

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    Bennett is looking lively down the right for Norwich. This time Clichy does brilliantly to partially block the cross.

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    Second corner comes in and off the line! Grant Holt heads towards goal and Joleon Lescott is on the line to clear.

  • 13'

    Corner is knocked out the area, only as far as Bradley Johnson whose shot is deflected just wide.

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    City keeping the ball well, but unable to cut through. As I say that, here come Norwich. Corner.

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    News from Wembley: Liverpool 0-1 Everton (Jelavic)

  • 10'

    Another big appeal for a penalty. Pilkington bundles Aguero to the floor. Lucky man on first impressions.

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    Could have been a penalty. His foot does get stood on, but Tevez throws himself down dramatically. Referee books him for the theatrics.

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    Tevez for simulation.

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    Pilkington wins a Norwich corner. Crossed from the left. Hart punches clear.

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    Tevez scrambles the ball to David Silva, whose shot is fired powerfully at goal. Good save by Ruddy.

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    Brilliant from Pilkington. Beats Nasri with ease, cutting in onto his right-foot and placing a shot just wide.

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    Good defending from Adam Drury to block Zabaleta's cross. Corner comes to nothing.

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    Good competitive start in midfield.

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    Lovely stuff from David Silva, jinking inside and lofting a beautiful pass to Samir Nasri, but the Frenchman's touch is poor.

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    Shakey moment from Joe Hart. Pressured by Aaron Wilbraham and hooks the ball into touch.

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    KICK OFF We are underway...


    The teams are out. Let's get going!


    Norwich fans in high spirits. They couldn't have expected this good a debut campaign back in the Premier League.


    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, De Jong, Barry, Nasri, Tevez, Aguero, Silva. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Johnson, Kolarov, Toure.


    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ward, Ryan Bennett, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Wilbraham. Subs: Steer, Morison, Jackson, Surman, Hoolahan, Fox, Naughton.


    That of course means that Carlos Tevez starts once more...


    Norwich are unchanged, with grant Holt leading the line. For Man City, Micah Richards drops out, with Pablo Zabaleta coming into the line-up. Yaya Toure is on the bench.


    Man City travel to Norwich then, trying to keep the pressure on Man Utd at the top of the table.


    This is a game that is tougher than Man United according to Roberto Mancini.


    Carlos Tevez starts again for City.


    Join us at 1245 BST to see if the title race will remain open as Man City travel to Norwich.