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  • Date:03 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance:47,201
  • Aguero (31) Nasri (50)
    Toure Yaya (67) Balotelli (87) Johnson (90)
  • Morison (80)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Adam Johnson scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 5-1 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Vincent Kompany.

91mins

Outswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line.

90mins

David Fox takes a inswinging corner.

90mins

Grant Holt takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

88mins

Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy. Mario Balotelli finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 4-1 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Adam Johnson.

87mins

Corner from left by-line taken by David Fox.

86mins

Shot from just outside the area by Andrew Surman misses to the right of the target.

85mins

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Wesley Hoolahan. Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner.

82mins

Nigel De Jong comes on in place of Edin Dzeko.

80mins

Marc Tierney decides to take the corner short, Steve Morison finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man City 3-1 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Marc Tierney.

79mins

Unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox from left wing.

77mins

Bradley Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by David Fox.

76mins

Shot by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

75mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Barry. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

72mins

Sergio Aguero leaves the field to be replaced by Mario Balotelli.

71mins

David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Crofts. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Johnson.

70mins

Steve Morison delivers the ball, save made by Joe Hart.

69mins

Adam Johnson is brought on as a substitute for Samir Nasri.

67mins

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Elliott Bennett makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Gnegneri Toure Yaya scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-0 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.

67mins

Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line to the near post.

62mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

62mins

Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Surman takes the free kick.

60mins

Wesley Hoolahan comes on in place of Anthony Pilkington. Elliott Bennett goes off and Grant Holt comes on.

59mins

A cross is delivered by Sergio Aguero, clearance by Russell Martin. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri.

58mins

Gareth Barry challenges Andrew Crofts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Naughton takes the free kick.

57mins

David Silva takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line played to the near post. Shot by Gareth Barry from outside the box goes over the net.

56mins

Andrew Crofts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Silva. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri.

53mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.

53mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Crofts by Sergio Aguero. Andrew Crofts takes the direct free kick.

50mins

Andrew Crofts concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Samir Nasri, Samir Nasri fires in a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Norwich.Edin Dzeko provided the assist for the goal.

50mins

Samir Nasri produces a cross.

48mins

Foul by Edin Dzeko on Marc Tierney, free kick awarded. Russell Martin takes the free kick.

47mins

Elliott Bennett produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

46mins

Corner taken by Andrew Surman played to the near post, clearance by Edin Dzeko.

45mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Micah Richards. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

42mins

The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, John Ruddy makes a save.

42mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Russell Martin. Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

39mins

The ball is sent over by Sergio Aguero, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line.

35mins

The ball is crossed by Marc Tierney, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.

35mins

Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Morison. Marc Tierney takes the free kick.

34mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Sergio Aguero clears the crossbar.

33mins

Edin Dzeko produces a cross, clearance made by Kyle Naughton.

32mins

Sergio Aguero finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Norwich.Assist by Micah Richards.

30mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Tierney. Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry from the right by-line, clearance by Marc Tierney.

28mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sergio Aguero. Indirect free kick taken by Leon Barnett.

28mins

Anthony Pilkington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

24mins

Foul by Andrew Surman on David Silva, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Caution for Andrew Surman.

21mins

Gareth Barry sends in a cross.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Micah Richards.

19mins

Micah Richards is caught offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

19mins

Andrew Crofts challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Silva takes the indirect free kick.

18mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Samir Nasri. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.

17mins

Foul by Micah Richards on Anthony Pilkington, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Tierney.

16mins

Sergio Aguero produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

15mins

Centre by Andrew Surman.

11mins

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri. Russell Martin gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Samir Nasri. David Silva takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.

10mins

Unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.

4mins

Steve Morison takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.

3mins

Edin Dzeko is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.

2mins

Effort from outside the area by Edin Dzeko goes wide right of the goal.

1mins

Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Steve Morison results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kolo Toure.

Match Preview

Mancini expects opponents to target Balotelli Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has warned striker Mario Balotelli to expect opponents to test his temperament. Mancini accused Liverpool players of provoking the mercurial Italy forward when he was sent off in the Barclays Premier League leaders' draw at Anfield last week. Balotelli's dismissal, after he received a second yellow card for a challenge on Martin Skrtel, was his third since joining City 16 months ago and Mancini fears he could become a target for streetwise opponents. Mancini said: "Mario should pay attention and he should be clever. I can do nothing - only he is on the pitch. "He should pay attention and think only about football and not other things. I think he made a mistake only for the first foul when he took the first yellow card. Then he should not take any risks." Balotelli, a second-half substitute, had been on the field just 18 minutes when he clashed with Skrtel in the 83rd minute. It was another controversial moment in the eventful career of the 21-year-old, who has shown greater consistency this season and scored nine times. Mancini said: "He is more mature, this is clear. But in my opinion, if Mario was on the pitch in the last 20 minutes we could have won the game. "It is important Mario understands we need him as a player on the pitch." Balotelli is back in contention for the home clash with Norwich after serving the ban for his red card by sitting out the midweek Carling Cup quarter-final win at Arsenal. Midfielder Gareth Barry is also available again after a one-game suspension for reaching five yellow cards. Meanwhile, Norwich manager Paul Lambert is not about to lose any sleep over the prospect of facing Manchester City's multi-million squad - and has no issues with Mancini spending their way to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Argentina striker Sergio Aguero came off the bench to fire City into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup in midweek with a well-taken late goal at Arsenal. The 23-year-old cost a cool #38million from Atletico Madrid in the summer - a figure which dwarfs the combined outlay for Lambert's squad, many of whom have come up with the club from npower League One. However, the Canaries manager is not about to dwell on the gulf in resources between Carrow Road and Etihad Stadium. "I don't lose sleep over it. Manchester City are where they are for a reason and have got some top players," Lambert said. "Manchester City have a fabulous football club with a manager who has seen it and done it, some great players. "But you should make no apologies for it, because if I could afford somebody at #35million, then I would do the same. "If somebody injected a lot of money into the club, it is their money and they can do what they want - they could change the manager, the whole club. "That is the nature of the game, and I don't really worry about the spending spree. "They have got a hell of a side, but if I keep worrying about them, then there is no point turning up." While the Canaries are expected to get a good stuffing tomorrow, Lambert sees no reason why they cannot again ruffle the feathers of the Premier League big guns, having produced positive displays away to Chelsea, Manchester United and then earning a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. "We have to try to cause them a problem, because there is no point going up there and inviting trouble all the time," the Norwich manager said. "We might get turned over very heavily, but we will give it a go, although at the end of the day, that might not be good enough. "There is no point in kidding on, because the gulf is huge and Manchester City are on another level from a lot of teams." Defender Ritchie de Laet is doubtful for the trip with a back problem. Centre-half Zak Whitbread could return to the squad following a hamstring injury having played for the reserves, alongside Dani Ayala, who is still recovering from a knee injury. Defender Elliott Ward has now been able to step up his rehabilitation from a knee ligament problem suffered in pre-season, but striker James Vaughan (knee) is still out.

Formation:442Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 4411Manager: Paul Lambert

Norwich

  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Kolo Toure
  • Gael Clichy
  • David Silva
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Gareth Barry
  • Samir Nasri
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Edin Dzeko
  • SUBS
  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Joleon Lescott
  • James Milner
  • Adam Johnson
  • Stefan Savic
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Mario Balotelli

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Match Report

Five-star City crush Canaries Unbeaten Manchester City powered on at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a crushing 5-1 defeat of Norwich at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero gave Roberto Mancini's men a half-time lead before Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure made certain and substitutes Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson completed the rout. Norwich were outplayed for most of the game but did claim a consolation 10 minutes from time with a Steve Morison header. It was a quick return to winning ways for City after last week's draw at Liverpool and took their impressive league goalscoring tally to 48 after 14 games. Mancini made eight changes after their midweek Carling Cup quarter-final win at Arsenal but defender Kolo Toure was surprisingly retained ahead of Joleon Lescott. Nasri, making his third successive start, also kept his place and responded with an influential display, linking well with Aguero and David Silva throughout. Edin Dzeko, the third City player to stay in the side after Tuesday, had the game's first opportunity after two minutes when he dragged a shot across goal from distance. Wales striker Morison had a chance for Norwich early on when the ball bounced kindly for him on the left but he also missed the target. He failed to make the most of another opening when he raced clear in the 10th minute as Joe Hart came out to force him wide and Kolo Toure got back to clear. After that scare, City began to step up the pressure with Dzeko getting in another attempt but having to settle for a corner. Aguero, who had earlier shot at Ruddy, then spurned a glorious chance when he volleyed over from seven yards from a Nasri cut-back. Dzeko again had Norwich back-tracking when he nutmegged Russell Martin 40 yards out and charged to the edge of the box but Marc Tierney deflected his shot wide. City's opener eventually came in the 32nd minute after Anthony Pilkington failed to cut out another Richards break. Micah Richards closed in on goal and then pulled back for Aguero, who showed nimble footwork to turn past Leon Barnett and poke the ball through a crowded goal area to score his 13th of the season from six yards. Aguero could have had a second moments later after Yaya Toure won the ball in midfield and set up Nasri to cross but the former Atletico Madrid man again fired over. Despite that home superiority, Norwich had a chance to equalise two minutes into the second half as Elliott Bennett chased a long ball. Bennett had chance to shoot but opted to go round the advancing Hart and took the ball too far wide, from where he could only shoot over. Norwich paid the price for that miss as the impressive Nasri doubled the home side's advantage after 51 minutes, although it is doubtful the Frenchman meant it. Nasri got lucky when he floated a free-kick into the box from the left and the Norwich defence left it to run through to Ruddy. The goalkeeper was slow to react and was unable to claw it out as it bounced in front of him and crept in at the far post. City immediately threatened a third as Silva cut in from the right but Ruddy made a fine double to keep out his shot and Aguero's attempt on the rebound. The resulting corner found its way to Gareth Barry but the England midfielder could not keep his shot down. City's third came in the 68th minute as Nasri came short to play a one-two with Silva at a corner and the Spaniard fed Yaya Toure on the edge of the box. The midfielder nonchalantly allowed the ball to come across his body and curled in a low shot at the far post. Nasri was removed moments later as Johnson was sent on and Mancini also decided to withdraw Aguero soon after. Balotelli, who was sent off against Liverpool, took his place. Victory was all but a formality but City, having conceded in their previous six league games, were again unable to keep a clean sheet as Norwich replied. Morison was the man on target, rising at the back post to plant a firm header past Hart from a corner. The hosts restored a three-goal advantage two minutes from time as Yaya Toure played in Johnson, who turned to square for Balotelli in front of goal. Ruddy palmed out the Italian's initial effort but it looped up into the air and the striker calmly nudged it over the line with his shoulder. There was still more to come and City added a more emphatic gloss to the scoreline in injury time as Johnson placed a low shot past Ruddy.

Form Guide

    WWWWWD
  • Man City
  • VS
  • Norwich
  • WDDLLW

Last Meetings

  • Norwich
  • 2 - 3
  • Man City
  • 28/02/2005
  • Man City
  • 1 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 01/11/2004
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 04/03/1995
  • Man City
  • 2 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 24/09/1994
  • Man City
  • 1 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 16/04/1994
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 20/11/1993

Top Scorers

Man City

  • E Dzeko 10
  • SL Aguero 9
  • M Balotelli 5
  • DJ Silva 4
  • A Johnson 3
  • J Milner 2
  • V Kompany 2
  • G Barry 1
  • G Toure Yaya 1
  • S Nasri 1
  • M Richards 1
  • A Kolarov 1
  • S Savic 1

Norwich

  • S Morison 4
  • A Pilkington 4
  • G Holt 3
  • R Martin 2
  • B Johnson 2
  • W Hoolahan 1
  • L Barnett 1
  • R De Laet 1

Goals

Man City

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 43
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Norwich

    • Total goals 31
    • Goals per game 19
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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