‘You’re going down with the Arsenal’, the Leicester supporters chanted. We’ll see. For now, Norwich remains at nil, although they believe they have been robbed of their first result.
Kenny McLean thought he had secured a late equalizer at Carrow Road. Norwich supporters did. Even the tannoy music started blowing its party music after its pretty head.
Then the confusion set in. It turned out that when the corner flew in, Todd Cantwell was in an offside position, right in front of Kasper Schmeichel. Maybe he wasn’t hindering the keeper’s movement, but he was in plain sight.
Jamie Vardy came on the scoresheet as Leicester won again at Norwich City
The Canaries were awarded a penalty one minute before half time after a VAR check
Teemu Pukki made no mistake from the dot when he sent Kasper Scmeichel the wrong way
Norwich City (4-3-3): Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams; Lees-Melou (Rupp, 73), Gilmour (Idah, 79), McLean; Cantwell, Pukki (Sargent, 73), Rashica
Substitutes not used: Zimmermann, Dowell, Sørensen, Gunn, Giannoulis, Omobamidele
Scorer: Pukki (pen, 44)
Booked: Lees Melou, Cantwell
Manager: Daniel Farke
Leicester City (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Pereira (Castagne, 11), Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Barnes (Iheanacho, 67), Vardy, Maddison (Dewsbury-Hall, 86)
Substitutes not used: Ward, Choudhury, Praet, Daka, Jakupovic, Soumaré
Scorers: Vardy (8), Albrighton (76)
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Referee: Robert Jones
The VAR disallowed the goal and it was another defeat for Norwich. That’s three out of three, which means when they face Arsenal they are at the bottom.
Only the harshest critics would crucify Norwich for opening the season with consecutive losses to Liverpool and Manchester City, especially as their new players find their feet.
At least they fought here. Jamie Vardy had given Leicester an early lead but they equalized via Teemu Pukki. Then Marc Albrighton scored the winner in the 76th minute.
If you had told Norwich manager Daniel Farke at the start of the season that his side would be entering their first international break over Arsenal, he would have been quite happy. But their meeting at the Emirates Stadium on September 11 is now set to become a humdinger.
Young Brandon Williams did not enjoy the best of starts on his Premier League debut for Norwich. The 20-year-old on loan from Manchester United was hit hard on the left side of the pitch, allowing Ricardo Pereira to pinch possession.
The Leicester right-back sped forward, faster than Ben Gibson, before cutting a pass for Vardy. The experienced striker then curled his shot into the far corner.
Pereira’s pressing of Williams had paid off, but this would be his last move of the afternoon. The 27-year-old stopped with a muscle complaint and had to be replaced.
Leicester were in the lead within eight minutes and Norwich had lost 40 of their last 41 Premier League games in which they had conceded the opening goal.
The visitors looked deadly from counter-attacks and one such breakout ended almost a second ahead of Vardy. Tim Krul made himself big to smother the former England international’s attempt to throw the ball over him.
Caglar Soyuncu was already close to giving Norwich a way back into the game with a loose pass, forcing Schmeichel to refuse Pierre Lees-Melou.
The Leicester defender got away with that, but not his next mistake.
Soyuncu had slipped in to stop Lees-Melou in the penalty area and referee Robert Jones only gave a corner. However, VAR David Coote thought otherwise. After much deliberation, Coote told Jones to visit his monitor to check whether Soyuncu had actually committed a violation.
His strike from the spot was his first Premier League goal since Norwich’s return
Marc Albrighton (right) secured victory for the Foxes thanks to a deflected shot
He hadn’t touched the ball and after several reps Jones pointed to the penalty spot. Schmeichel went left, Teemu Pukki went right and it was 1-1. After failing to score or assist in his last 15 appearances at the top level, the Norwich striker was wide of the mark.
Leicester should have recaptured the lead in the 58th minute when a corner saw the ball fall friendly to James Maddison from four yards away. You can submit these under the “babysitter” category, but Maddison only found the side nets. He rightly put his head in his hands.
Another good chance for Maddison saw his shot miss his shot, before Youri Tielemens shot over.
Norwich didn’t get a late equalizer as Todd Cantwell blocked the keeper’s view
Leicester came closer, then they struck. Vardy played a pass wide and Albrighton drove the ball into the far left corner, out of reach for Krul.
Norwich still believed they could save something, and they thought they had in the 80th minute when McLean headed home a corner.
However, while the celebrations were going on, Schmeichel protested to the referee. He complained that Cantwell, who was in an offside position, blocked him. The VAR agreed. This time the video tech went in the direction of Leicester and it went 2-1.