Norwich City were comfortably beaten by Manchester City, the English champions thrashing the Canaries 5-0 on a miserable afternoon for Daniel Farke’s side.
Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte, Rajeev Sterling and Riyad Mahrez found the net for the Citizens, adding to Tim Krul’s early on goal to comfortably see off their visitors.
On a day when they failed to register a single shot on target very little went right for Norwich. That all started in the 6th minute when Gabriel Jesus’ low cross was smashed by Grant Hanley directly into his goalkeeper, Krul helpless as the ball ricocheted off him and into his net.
Jesus then thought he had a second assist when he played Ferran Torres through on goal to slot home, but a clip of Milot Rashica’s ankles in the build-up meant that Graham Scott reversed his decision through VAR, keeping the score at 1-0.
The home side didn’t have to wait long to double their lead, however. Four minutes later Jesus fired another cross into the Norwich six-yard box and found Grealish, who couldn’t miss despite his best attempts.
The Canaries wrested some element of control back following this, enjoying controlled possession and finding Max Aarons and Dimitris Giannoulis in space. Both attempted to create via crosses but neither truly threatened.
With the score only 2-0 at the break despite the clear gulf in quality, Norwich and Manchester City legend Darren Huckerby urged the Canaries to avoid embarrassment, and Farke’s conservative half-time substitutions aided that cause temporarily.
Kenny McLean was introduced in place of a poor Lukas Rupp and Bali Mumba came on for Giannoulis, impressing yet again as he largely nullified Mahrez’ threat and covered excellently when balls came in from the right-hand side.
His endeavour couldn’t carry Norwich for much longer, however, and soon it was three. The Canaries’ propensity to defend set-pieces poorly once again reared its head and allowed Laporte to bundle home beyond Krul.
The game was lost and legs were tired but the two goals conceded thereafter were inexcusable.
In the 70th minute, one pass against a set Norwich defence sent Jesus through once again before he squared for Sterling, on as a substitute for the excellent Torres, who tapped in.
Mahrez couldn’t believe his luck when he added his name to the scoresheet with five minutes left. The Algerian was in acres as he received Ruben Dias’ pass, his controlled effort kissing the far post as it rolled across the line.
Rashica had just produced City’s first shot of the game but planted comfortably over the bar.
After such abject disappointment Norwich’s first realistic opportunity to earn points, welcoming Leicester City next Saturday, feels big already. Farke’s side will have to produce a lot more than they have so far.
Krul 4; Aarons 5, Hanley 6, Gibson 6, Giannoulis 6; Gilmour 6, Lees-Melou 5, Rupp 4; Rashica 6, Pukki 5, Cantwell 6.
Subs: Mumba 6, McLean 6, Sargent 5