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Norwich edged out in friendly clash

Norwich City suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in the first game of their pre-season Alpine tour.

Alex Neil’s men fell behind to an Alon Turgeman goal in a sunny Kufstein just before the break and, despite sustained second-half pressure, were unable to restore parity.

Tony Andreu and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe went closest to finding the net against the side that finished fifth in the Israeli Premier League last season, while winger Nathan Redmond looked lively his first pre-season appearance after he featured for England at the European Under-21 Championship in Czech Republic.

Stand-in skipper Gary O’Neil also threatened with a well-struck free-kick midway through the second-half as the Premier League new boys cranked up the pressure.

Substitute Jacob Murphy made a positive impression when introduced from the bench late on. The 20-year-old midfielder saw his rasping shot saved with ten minutes left and moments later provided a fine cross from the left that Ricky van Wolfswinkel steered narrowly wide of the post.

The defeat was the first of City’s pre-season campaign following victories over Cambridge United and non-league sides Hitchin and Gorleston, and they will face another stern test on Saturday in the form of Augsburg who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last term.

Mon 20 Jul, 2015
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