British record signing Jack Grealish marked his home debut for Manchester City with a goal as the Premier League champions demolished promoted Norwich City 5-0 on Saturday.
Grealish bundled in a low cross by Gabriel Jesus in the 20th minute to double City's lead after they had taken the lead in the sixth minute with a Tim Krul own goal.
Beaten in their opening game at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, City looked far sharper and swarmed all over a lightweight Norwich. They also had a Ferran Torres goal ruled out inside the opening 20 minutes.
Norwich, who lost 3-0 to Liverpool on the opening day, avoided any further damage until midway through the second half when Aymeric Laporte fired in from close range.
City then turned the screw with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez both getting on the scoresheet with well-worked goals.
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GOAL! Grealish on his home debut!
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17:23 , Alex Young
Jack Grealish scored on his home debut for Manchester City as they got their season up and running with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Norwich at the Etihad Stadium.
The champions lost the Community Shield against Leicester and their Premier League opener at Tottenham without scoring, but they put the Canaries to the sword in the Manchester rain.
They got the perfect start as goalkeeper Tim Krul scored an unfortunate own goal inside the opening 10 minutes before Grealish started paying some of his £100million fee back with his first goal for the club in the 22nd minute.
Further strikes from Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in the second half made it a rout as City proved they might be able to survive without trying to buy Harry Kane, albeit against a team fresh out of the Championship.
16:51 , Alex Young
94min: Utter domination, from start to finish.
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90min: Three minutes added on.
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84min: Time for Mahrez to slot home via the far post.
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75min: Grealish’s day is done - fantastic work. Mahrez is on for the final 15 minutes.
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71min: Sterling gets in on the act! Tucking home Jesus's cross.
That's two assists for Jesus!
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69min: Gundogan makes way for Palmer. What a moment for the young lad.
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65min: Game, set and match as Laporte pokes home from the corner.
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61min: Yep, Torres lasts an hour.
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61min: Sterling getting ready to come on. Torres to make way?
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60min: Hour gone and City are boasting 71 per cent possession. Genuinely surprised it’s not more.
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55min: Ederson rushes from goal, out of his area and clears the ball with a diving header. Barely broke a sweat. Madman.
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52min: Rodri tries his luck from the edge of the area after a poor Norwich clearance... straight into Row Z (or maybe like P).
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46min: ...and we’re back under way.
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Double change at the break for Norwich as Mumba and McLean come on for Giannoulis and Rupp.
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Second half almost under way.
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47min: That’s your lot!
A Hanley or Krul own goal, a Torres disallowed one and then Grealish’s first for the club.
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45min: ... which comes to nothing.
There will be one added minute.
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44min: Grealish is giving the Norwich defence all sorts of trouble on the left and again makes space to fizz in a dipping cross.
Gibson concedes the corner.
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39min: Gundogan into the book for a late challenge on Lees-Melou
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35min: City close to a third as Cancelo whips in a ball towards Jesus and Torres in the six-yard box, but Krul reacts quickest.
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27min: City just toying with Norwich. Their tails are up with Gundogan and Rodri almost playing as no10s behind the attack.
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22min: This one counts! Grealish scores a goal on his home debut!
He didn't know too much about it, as the ball cannons off him and into the net.
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18min: Norwich can’t get a foot on the ball at the moment, but some scrappy defending is just doing enough to disrupt City.
Bernardo and Jesus busy.
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Torres denied again as Bernardo committed a foul in the build up.
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12min: City firmly on top and cruising.
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Looks like that could be a Hanley or Krul own goal.
Either way, the champions are up and running.
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7min: That didn’t take long! Torres fires home inside seven minutes!
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Here we go!
Here come the teams
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Norwich facing tough task as they look to end disastrous run
14:55 , Daniel Gallan
The Etihad Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the Canaries.
Their last three visits to the blue half of Manchester has seen them lose 5-0, 2-1 and 7-0. That’s an aggregate score of 14-1.
They’re unchanged from last week’s 3-0 reverse at home to Liverpool. We can’t tell if that is a bad omen.
Manchester City have made five alterations to the side that lost to Tottenham.
Norwich matching City’s 4-3-3
14:08 , Daniel Gallan
4-3-3: Tim Krul, Max Aarons, Ben Gibson, Grant Hanley (c), Dimitris Ginnoulis, Lukas Rupp, Billy Gilmour, Pierre Lees-Melou, Todd Cantwell, Milot Rashica, Teemu Pukki
Substitutes: Kieran Dowell, Jacob Sorensen, Kenny McLean, Angus Gunn, Christos Tzolis, Joshua Sargent, Adam Idah, Bali Mumba, Andrew Omobamidele
Gundogan returns with changes to City’s back four
14:04 , Daniel Gallan
4-3-3: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Jack Grealish, Bernado Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres
Substitutes: Fernaninho, Tommy Doyle, Cole Palmer, Zack Steffan, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Benjamin Mendy.
Pep is expecting (hoping) for an open game.
14:00 , Daniel Gallan
This is what the City boss had to say of Norwich:
“Norwich manager is exceptional, they have the quality and they will try to play. They are a really good team but we are delighted to finally play in front of our people again.”
City looking to avoid fourth consecutive defeat
13:06 , Daniel Gallan
It’s hard to fathom, given the club’s immense buying power and litany of world class talent, but Manchester City are on the cusp of a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.
The 1-0 reverse in May’s Champions League final to Chelsea was followed up by further 1-0 losses to Leicester in the Community Shield and to Tottenham in the opening round of the Premier League season.
Further misery is unlikely, however. City have won their last three Premier League home matches against Norwich City by an aggregate score of 14-1.
Trio of big names on the injury list for champions
12:46 , Daniel Gallan
Phil Foden (ankle), Ilkay Gundogan (shoulder) and Kevin De Bruyne (ankle) are either wholly ruled our or at least in doubt for today’s 3pm kick off.
Foden will almost certainly be watching the clash against Norwich as he has yet to recover from an injury that will see him spend up to a month on the sideline.
De Bruyne was a late substitute in his side’s opening round defeat at Tottenham but struggled with training this week. Gundogan was given the all clear from manager Pep Guardiola, but remains a doubt.
Comfortable win for City predicted
12:27 , Daniel Gallan
Tom doesn’t give Norwich much hope against the champions.
Get up to speed with his prematch report.
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09:51 , George Flood
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