- English Barclays Premier League
- 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
- Carrow Road
- Attendance: 26,827
90 mins:FULL TIME: NORWICH 3-4 MAN CITY. There goes the final whistle! After a blistering start the visitors end up holding on for a vital three points. Norwich will be desperately disappointed.
90 mins:A scramble in the City penalty area but this time Joe Hart pounces on the loose ball.
90 mins:And a final change for City with Aguero replaced by Javi Garcia.
90 mins:Aguero on the break for City has the chance to wrap it up but Bunn makes a fine low save.
90 mins:We will have five minutes of added time.
89 mins:Into the dying minutes now and still City stand firm as Norwich throw the ball forward.
87 mins:Two good chances for Norwich to apply pressure with Snodgrass free-kicks but Kompany meets both to clear the danger.
85 mins:City are managing to stifle Norwich's attempts to attack and they have just five minutes to survive.
84 mins:A booking for Anthony Pilkington for dissent.
83 mins:Norwich give the ball away in midfield and Yaya Toure immediately plays through Aguero but he's half a yard offside.
81 mins:Joleon Lescott replaces Edin Dzeko.
80 mins:We are into the final ten minutes now and Norwich are throwing everything forward in search of an unlikely point.
78 mins:Surely City aren't going to throw this game away after all?
76 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 3-4 MAN CITY. Oh dear! City make a hash of another Norwich corner and after an almighty scramble it is stabbed into the net by RUSSELL MARTIN again.
75 mins:A change for Norwich with Wes Hoolahan replaced by Simeon Jackson.
74 mins:City are keeping the ball to themselves at the moment which is leaving Norwich chasing shadows.
71 mins:Into the final twenty minutes now and Norwich have to throw everything at this now, but that will leave them wide open on the break.
69 mins:And here come City again with another lightning counter attack and Aguero hits the side netting.9
67 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 2-4 MAN CITY. Hat-trick! EDIN DZEKO times his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and slams the ball inside Mark Bunn's near post.
65 mins:Can Norwich actually pull this out of the fire after all?
63 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 2-3 MAN CITY. Game on! City fail to clear a corner and Sebsatien Bassong heads back across goal and RUSSELL MARTIN rises to nod into an empty net.
62 mins:The hosts just can't get the ball. City are giving a masterclass in how to play effectively with ten men.
60 mins:Any thoughts Norwich had of completing a memorable comeback look to have gone out of the window since that Aguero goal.
57 mins:A change for City as David Silva is replaced by James Milner. While Jonny Howson replaces Alex Tettey for Norwich.
55 mins:The ten men are bossing this contest now. You'd think they had the numerical advantage at the moment.
52 mins:And City very nearly make it 4-1 as Dzeko bursts into the box and is only just hounded out of it before he can get the shot off.
50 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 1-3 MAN CITY. Awful defending! Bunn's clearance is poor and Yaya Toure loops it through for SERGIO AGUERO to sprint through and chip the keeper.
49 mins:Yaya Toure now directs his ire at the referee after being penalised for fouling Harry Kane.
47 mins:City make a fast start to the second half and Aguero drills an effort narrowly wide.
46 mins:The second half begins.
45 mins:HALF TIME: NORWICH 1-2 MAN CITY. Referee Mike Jones blows the half time whistle and is instantly surrounded by angry visiting players. They think that Bassong should have joined Nasri for his part in things.
45 mins:We are into injury time now.
44 mins:And now a change for Norwich with Morison limping off to be replaced by Harry Kane.
43 mins:RED CARD! But, its worse news for City as SAMIR NASRI, is dismissed for an attempted headbutt on Bassong that started the brawl.
42 mins:An industrial challenge from Bassong on Nasri sparks a bit of a brawl and Bassong is booked.
40 mins:Lovely play from Yaya Toure as he plays a smart one-two with Silva and hits a snapshot a fraction wide of the far post.
38 mins:Both managers will have plenty of reasons to be happy with their respective sides if this is the scoreline at the break.
36 mins:We are in the midst of a midfield battle here and that means little else is happening.
33 mins:Norwich are missing the strength and awkwardness of Grant Holt a little and that is forcing them to look for different ways through.
30 mins:A glimmer of a chance for Tettey to possibly let fly but his chest control isn't the best and he is forced wide.
28 mins:The Canaries are passing nicely themselves now as they get the City midfield chasing, until Snodgrass loses out to Clichy.
26 mins:A rare slip from Bassong looks to have let Aguero in on goal but his first touch is awful and Bunn gathers.
24 mins:The visitors are just looking to slow the tempo down a little.
22 mins:What a fabulous first quarter of the game we've had at Carrow Road. If the rest of the game continues along this path we are in for a real cracker.
19 mins:Gael Clichy is booked for a foul on Snodgrass.
18 mins:Norwich break well and the ball drops for Snodgrass to curl towards the far corner and it's only a fraction wide.
16 mins:Now City want a penalty as Aguero is bundled over in the box by Bassong but the referee waves it away.
14 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 1-2 MAN CITY. Mistakes all round! City's wall comes apart at the seams and ANTHONY PILKINGTON's drive gos straight through it and then Joe Hart. Norwich back in it.
11 mins:Dzeko takes his turn to become the provider as he chests down for Aguero to hit from the edge of the box but he slices wide.
10 mins:Now City are starting to play the ball around and enjoy themselves. Their passing has been full of zip and intent.
7 mins:City have been sensational so far. Norwich cannot get to grips with them and you can't afford to give a team like this a two goal start.
4 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 0-2 MAN CITY. Game over already? City break superbly and Aguero cuts the ball back beyond the keeper for EDIN DZEKO to slide his second into an empty net.
2 mins:GOAL: NORWICH 0-1 MAN CITY. Perfect start! Aguero and Silva combine to lay it on a plate for EDIN DZEKO to slot into the net.
1 mins:We are underway at Carrow Road.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Barry, Aguero, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko.
Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison.
Man City cannot afford to leave here with anything but three points after defeat at Sunderland, again, on Boxing Day left them seven behind Manchester United.
Norwich had been on an excellent run of form before back to back defeats over Christmas but they will make this tough for City.
Welcome to Carrow Roa as Norwich host Manchester City.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
- Carrow Road
- Attendance: 26,827
Edin Dzeko scored twice as 10-man Manchester City held on for a 4-3 win over battling Norwich in a pulsating clash at Carrow Road.
Roberto Mancini's men raced into a two-goal lead within four minutes through Bosnian striker Dzeko before Anthony Pilkington's deflected free-kick halved the deficit.
A superb first half ended in controversy when Samir Nasri saw red for his angry reaction to a Sebastien Bassong tackle that saw the Norwich defender booked.
The champions extended their advantage once more five minutes into the second half through a cool finish from Aguero, only for Russell Martin to head home from close range just past the hour.
The visitors made it 4-2 just four minutes later when Dzeko's shot from the angle rebounded in off goalkeeper Mark Bunn before Martin's second goal 15 minutes from time ensured a nervy finish.
However, the champions held on for what could be a vital victory and condemned Norwich to a third successive league defeat.
City, who were looking to bounce back following a Boxing Day defeat at Sunderland, were ahead inside two minutes. Aguero and David Silva combining to set up an unmarked Dzeko to sweep home from six yards before Aguero presented Dzeko with a tap-in just two minutes later.
There was some brief respite for Norwich on 13 minutes when Kompany tripped Robert Snodgrass just outside the Manchester City penalty area. The Scotland international shaped to take the free-kick himself, but instead ran over the ball, as Pilkington drove in a low shot which deflected off Gael Clichy and past Joe Hart.
Things got ugly just before the break when Bassong upended Nasri on the far touchline. The duo squared up face-to-face, with Nasri pushing his head into the Norwich defender - which on consultation with the assistant referee resulted in a red card for the France midfielder, and a caution for Bassong.
City were soon back on the offensive following the restart and restored their two-goal cushion on 50 minutes. Toure delivered a perfectly-weighted angled ball which Bassong could not cut out and dropped into the path of Aguero who produced an exquisite chip to beat the advancing keeper and put City back in control.
It was 3-2 when Bassong's header back across the six-yard box from Snodgrass' clever centre was guided into the top right corner by Martin on 63 minutes. However, City quickly restored their advantage as Dzeko sprung the offside trap and burst into the Norwich penalty area, his shot beating Bunn at the near post, the ball bouncing off the woodwork, then the keeper's back and into the net.
A quite amazing match sparked into life once more with 15 minutes left when another Norwich corner caused panic in the City six-yard box and Martin swept the ball in again from point-blank range.