Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Leicester City 1-1 Norwich City: Canaries Snap Foxes Impressive Winning Streak At King Power Stadium

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Norwich City did something no Premier League team had done since early August, and stole a point away from King Power Stadium following a 1-1 draw at Leicester City. A goal from Teemu Pukki put the visitors in front, but an own goal from goalkeeper Tim Krul evened things up before the break.

Leicester did what they could to turn things around and extend their winning run during the second 45 minutes, but their attempts weren’t successful and had to settle for a point. The draw, however, extends Leicester’s undefeated streak to 10 games in all competitions.

Leicester entered this game on a sizzling winning run, but Norwich seemed determined to fight for a positive result. They had the first chance to open the score thanks to Pukki, but his effort went wide off the post. Leicester responded with a header from Wilfred Ndidi, but his attempt went slightly over the bar.

It seemed a goal was bound to happen, and that’s what happened midway into the first half when The Canaries broke the deadlock thanks to their star forward, Pukki. The Finnish international took advantage of a great pass from Emiliano Buendia and slotted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel, who was unable to react due to the spin on Pukki’s finish.

The Foxes, however, caught a break to go level at half time. A corner kick from the right side was met by a header on the near post but Krul sent the ball towards his own net when he attempted to clear the danger. The first half ended with a 1-1 draw, but it was quite unfair for Norwich since they were producing one of their best display to the season thus far.

The hosts upped the tempo in the second half, however, and looked dominant on prolonged stretches. Jamie Vardy had three clear chances and even smashed the post once, but the top goalscorer in the Premier League couldn’t add another strike to his tally. Leicester also had a penalty denied after a VAR check, and all their attempts to grab the lead were unsuccessful.

Norwich, on the other hand, decided to sit back and play with a more conservative approach. Given their relegation threat, they definitively welcomed the point against one of the most in-form teams in the league.

The match ended with a 1-1 draw in front of a big crowd at King Power Stadium. It wasn’t the result The Foxes wanted, but at the very least, they remain undefeated at home. Meanwhile, Norwich continue in 19th place but now sit just three points away from leaving the red zone altogether.

Match Report

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel (5); Ricardo Pereira (5), Jonny Evans (5), Caglar Söyüncü (6), Ben Chilwell (6); Dennis Praet (5) (Harvey Barnes (5), 46’), Wilfred Ndidi (6), Youri Tielemans (6); James Maddison (7); Jamie Vardy (6), Kelechi Iheanacho (5) (Demarai Gray (5), 39’)

Subs not used: Danny Ward (GK), Wes Morgan, James Justin, Marc Albrighton, Ayoze Perez

Norwich City: Tim Krul (6); Max Aarons (6), Christoph Zimmermann (5), Ben Godfrey (5), Sam Bryam (4); Alexander Tettey (5), Tom Trybull (4) (Marco Stiepermann (-), 86’); Emiliano Buendia (7) (Mario Vrancic (-), 90’), Kenny McLean (6), Todd Cantwell (5) (Onel Hernandez (-), 85’); Teemu Pukki (6)

Subs not used: Ralf Fährmann (GK), Jamal Lewis, Ibrahim Amadou, Dennis Srbeny

Goals: Pukki (0-1, 26’), Krul (1-1, OG, 38’)

Referee: Andy Madley

Yellow Cards: Cantwell, Trybull, Buendia, Tettey, Krul (NOR)

Red Cards: None

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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