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Premier League

  • December 3, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 47201

Manchester City 5-1 Norwich City: Aguero and Nasri set up stunning rout as Premier League leaders extend perfect home record

Manchester City 5-1 Norwich City: Aguero and Nasri set up stunning rout as Premier League leaders extend perfect home record

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Man City used four second-half goals to pull away and once again win on its home pitch

Manchester City maintained its perfect start at home this season after demolishing Norwich City 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero started the scoring in the first half before goals from Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson in the second half sealed the easy victory. Norwich's lone goal came from Steve Morison, but the game was already out of reach at that time.

Roberto Mancini decided to lineup with Aguero and Edin Dzeko up front, while Balotelli started from the bench after serving a midweek suspension.

City immediately impressed itself on the game, Dzeko firing wide from 25 yards after being afforded too much space.

Morison was playing in an isolated lone role up front for Norwich but still managed to cause Kolo Toure problems on a rare Premier League for the Ivorian.

First Kolo Toure dithered with a bouncing ball and Morison latched onto it, hitting an effort from 40 yards which sent Joe Hart scrambling to his right before a mix up between both City center backs saw Morison through on Joe Hart's goal but a heavy touch from the striker let England's number on in to shut off the opportunity.

Roberto Mancini's men quickly re-established their dominance over the Canaries. Aguero jinked his way into the box, forcing a save from John Ruddy before Dzeko and Silva had efforts blocked in quick succession.

The game had swiftly become one-way stuff with City trying to pick holes in Norwich's side as it kept 10 men behind the ball at all times. The creative trio of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri shared the creative duties.

Silva and Nasri combined down the right-hand side and the Frenchman's cutback found Aguero, who could only fire over.

Dzeko had an effort blocked and the afternoon was threatening to become a frustrating one for City until it finally found a way through the wall of yellow shirts.

Nasri played the effervescent Micah Richards in down the right channel and he then played the ball into the box to Aguero. Faced with five Norwich players, Aguero turned into space and toe-poked the ball through the crowd and into the Norwich goal.

City was not happy to sit back on its goal, Toure powered through midfield and played Nasri in down the right who again found Aguero at the back post but the Argentine fired his effort over and could have easily had a first-half hat trick.

Norwich managed to hold out until halftime and had a great chance to equalize in the second minute of the first half. Kompany missed his header and Elliot Bennett found himself through on goal.

The former Brighton winger rounded Hart but the angle became too narrow and Bennett could only fire wide.

City then extended its lead minutes later, City was awarded a free kick on the left-hand side which was played in by Nasri. The ball ended up in the back of the net after evading Norwich defenders and City attackers.

City was now fully into its attacking groove. Silva jinked into the box and hit a rasping effort towards Ruddy's near post, which was saved but fell to Aguero following up but he was denied brilliantly by Ruddy.

There was little rest for the former Everton stopper who was again sent scrambling by Gareth Barry's drive after a well worked short corner.

A change was needed for Norwich and Paul Lambert decided to take the game to the hosts, bringing on Grant Holt and Wes Hoolahan for Anthony Pilkington and Elliott Bennett, forcing a change of formation and perhaps style.

The change failed to have the desired effect, however, as another City short corner was worked by Aguero and Nasri into Yaya Toure, who curled a sumptuous shot into the corner from 15 yards.

Mancini wasn't looking happy with just three, sending on Adam Johnson for Samir Nasri and one of the loudest cheers of the afternoon greeted Balotelli as he replaced Aguero.

Norwich was still working hard and finally rewarded for its efforts. Surman's drfited cross was met by Morison, who powered a bullet header past Hart.

City regained its three-goal cushion through substitute Balotelli. Played in by Johnson, the Italian's initial shot was blocked into the air and as it fell the enigmatic forward hit the ball into the net with his shoulder.

And the Citizens extended their lead further in injury time, Kompany picking the ball up and finding Johnson, who slotted home from the right-hand corner of the box.

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