Teemu Pukki strikes as injury-stricken Norwich claim extraordinary win over Manchester City in five-goal

Teemu Pukki strikes as injury-stricken Norwich claim extraordinary win over Manchester City in five-goal
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An injury-stricken Norwich defied the odds to pull off a remarkable 3-2 victory over Manchester City in a five-goal thriller at Carrow Road.

Kenny McClean, who was one of several players to fill in the Canaries’ line-up, gave the hosts the lead with a thunderous header following Emiliano Buendia’s corner.

Todd Cantwell doubled Norwich’s lead after side-footing home into an empty net after being played in by Teemu Pukki.

Norwich claimed an unlikely victory over Manchester City

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Norwich claimed an unlikely victory over Manchester City

Moments before half-time Sergio Aguero pulled one back for City with a neat header into the corner, but his hard work was undone shortly after the break when Nicolas Otamendi was caught in possession in his own area and Pukki was on hand to fire home for his fifth of the campaign.

Rodri pulled one back for Manchester City with two minutes left but Guardiola’s side were unable to find an equaliser as the Canaries held on for a famous win.

Norwich manager Farke told Sky Sports: “I’m delighted of course. I can’t praise enough the spirit and mentality of my players.

“Sometimes the quality of Man City is so good, you can’t defend everything, but in general it was a good performance. My lads deserved to win this game today and we’re all delighted we have in the end.

“It’s been an unbelievably tough start, facing the reigning champions, the reigning Champions League champions, the reigning Europa League champions, and five points has been a decent start.

“We have to stay calm, it’s just one game – an important game definitely, the fans are allowed to celebrate, the players are allowed to celebrate but I have to trust them to stay calm.

Pukki was once again a constant threat

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Pukki was once again a constant threat

“Enjoy this moment today and tomorrow but then we focus again.”Asked whether he had expected his flying start in the top flight, Pukki said: “Not as much as this – I believed I could score at this level but to score against all these great teams, it’s really special.

Fellow goalscorer Cantwell added: “Me and Teemu have got a brilliant connection, we’re setting each other up, scoring goals. He’s a brilliant player, he’s more than a goalscorer.”