Norwich City v Leeds United Premier League Sunday 31st October 2021 

This was a big game at the bottom of the Premier League as both started in the bottom 3, Norwich who were bottom and were looking for 1st win against Leeds who slipped into 18th after Burnley’s win on Saturday were looking for a 2nd win and a 1st away win of the season, so who would get the crucial 3 points on Halloween? Would it be a trick or a treat for Norwich and Leeds fans?

It was also Norwich’s nearest home game to Remembrance weekend, so they had a minutes silence and the Last Post before kickoff.

It was played at Carrow Road

After 6 minutes, Raphinha and Harrison did a 1-2 but Kabak did well to stop Raphinha.

Two minutes later, a big chance for Leeds as Dallas played James in with a through ball, James rounded the keeper, but was cleared off the line by Hanley.

Four minutes later, Norwich played a freekick into the box, which was cleared by Leeds to Pukki who shot on the volley wide.

Just before the quarter hour, Dowell had a left footed shot from outside the box but it went high and wide.

After 19 minutes, Rashica had a header from the centre of the box blocked.

With 25 minutes gone, Aarons had a left footed shot from centre of the box blocked.

Just after the half hour, Raphinha tried to play James in but Krul came out to get the ball.

Six minutes before halftime, Leeds freekick was crossed by Raphinha and LLorente headed over.

Three minutes later, Raphinha had a left footed shot from outside the box blocked then Rodrigo had a left footed shot outside the box saved.

In first half stoppage time, two Norwich chances as Rashica had a right footed shot which missed to the left, then Normann shot from outside the area went just wide.

Halftime score: Norwich City 0-0 Leeds United

It was a scrappy and nervy first half, would either side improve enough in the 2nd half to get what would be a massive 3 points?

After 50 minutes, Norwich chance as Rashica shot directly but straight at Meslier.

A minute later, Dallas had a right footed shot from outside the box blocked..

1st Leeds goal

5 minutes later, a bit of quality as it was nice move by Leeds as Struijk passed to James who passed wide to Raphinha who took a superb first touch, he danced inside 3 Norwich defenders and shot into the bottom corner, it took a deflection, but Leeds ahead.

Norwich equaliser

After 58 minutes, Norwich were looking for an immediate response as Leeds were sloppy and gave a corner away, Rashicha crossed and Omobamidele got above Dallas and headed into the net into the top right corner.

2nd Leeds goal

On the hour mark, it was a 3rd goal in 5 minutes as this game sparked into life as Rodrigo had a left footed shot from outside the area ad it went into the bottom left corner, VAR had a check for Raphinha offside but the goal stood, another good Leeds goal.

Three minutes later, McLean had a left footed shot from outside the ox blocked for a corner, and McLean headed at the back post straight to Meslier.

After 66 minutes, Dallas’ right footed shot outside the box blocked.

Then Harrison had a shot blocked from left ide of the box.

With just over a quarter of a hour to go, Rashich had a freekick for Norwich outside the box blocked then a minute later, Raphinha had a left footed shot from centre of the box which missed to the left.

With 10 minutes left, Mclean had a left footed shot outside the box blocked, then a minute later, Raphinha had a right footed shot from right side of the box was saved in the bottom left corner.

After 86 minutes, Rodrigo had a left footed shot outside the box blocked.

In the 4th minute of stoppage time, one last chance for Norwich as Rashicha had a right footed shot from centre of the box was blocked to the left. Then Raphinha at the other end had a left footed shot for Leeds outside the box saved in the centre of the goal.

Fulltime score: Norwich City 1-2 Leeds United

A scrappy, messy game and win for Leeds as they got their 1st away win of the season and a2nd overall, and they went back out of the bottom 3 and back 3 points clear of Burnley.

Highlights of this game are at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QavEe2EdtZU

Next for Leeds is another Sunday game this time at Elland Road against Leicester on Sunday 7th November 2021 with a 2pm kickoff.

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