Manchester City secured a 2-1 victory over Norwich City on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium to remain at the top of the English Premier League table. After a Norwich kick off in the first 45, Man City quickly took possession, and maintained dominance over the visitors for the majority of the opening stanza. The Citizens made it clear that they were intending another goal feast over the Canaries, through the combination of Yaya Toure, and Wilfried Bony, which saw the Blues hit six goal attempts.
However, Alex Neil’s men held their ground, and defended courageously. Neil’s men failed to capitalise on Kevin De Bruyne’s yellow card in the 33rd minute, with the hosts keeping the the east Anglia club in its own half during a goalless opening period. As the second stanza began, the tempo dropped with possession shifting between Manuel Pellegrini’s players and their opponents up until the 53rd minute when the home club began to dominate once again.
The 66th minute saw an elated Nicolas Otamendi, who not only headed the opening goal of the match, but his opening goal in a Man City jersey, setting the score at 1-0. Buttery fingers by Joe Hart saw Cameron Jerome even the scoreboard at 1-1, after a simple cross from Robbie Brady in the 83rd minute.
However, the 88th minute saw Norwich skipper Russell Martin receiving a red card, allowing Toure to boot a penalty into the back of the net. The final play of the match saw Aleksandar Kolarov missing a penalty, and the final score stood at 2-1. This means they are undefeated in seven matches, and remain at the top of the Premier League standings.