Ebene News – FI – Norwich City 1-1 QPR: Championship leaders took place at Carrow Road

Soccer

City of Norwich
vs. Queens Park Rangers Sky Bet Championship

7:45 p.m., Tuesday December 29, 2020

Carrow Road

Report and highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Norwich City and QPR at Carrow Road as the Championship leaders stand after Bright Osayi-Samuel’s penalty nullified Teemu Pukki’s previous kick

Championship leaders Norwich lost points for the second time in four days after being held to a 1-1 draw by ailing QPR at Carrow Road

After losing 1-0 at Watford on Saturday, the Canaries slipped again as the visitors registered a hard-earned point in a two-penalty game

A dominant Norwich side appeared to have won it when Teemu Pukki scored his 11th goal of the season with 15 minutes remaining, but was caught nine minutes later as Bright Osayi-Samuel followed suit to visitors

Rangers entered the game without a win in eight but kept their top hosts at bay with a few scares in a rambling first half

The Canaries came closer after just five minutes when Emi Buendia forced a decent save from Seny Dieng from a tight angle, but it was a rare fear for Mark Warburton’s side at the start

Midfielder Mario Vrancic shot straight at Dieng after being set up by Buendia and the same player then lost his bearings and shot wide after a neat brace with Max Aarons

A few half-hearted penalty calls from Pukki and then Buendia were dismissed by referee Oliver Langford

It was about as good as the leaders in the opening period, with the Rangers taking the pressure off solidly and looking dangerous at the break at times

Their best half-time moment came after 41 minutes when the impressive Ilias Chair broke the offside trap and crossed to the right, only to be pushed back by pursuer Christoph Zimmermann and closed by the keeper Michael McGovern

Moments later, the Northern Ireland international fell gripping his right hamstring after apparently stretching too much and was relieved to see a Lyndon Dykes header drifting just off in time to stop

McGovern did not reappear after the break, with Welsh U19 international Daniel Barden coming in for his league debut, having played City’s season opener at Luton in the Carabao Cup

Dieng was forced to score a good block to refuse Pukki after the Finn was placed by a sublime pass from Todd Cantwell and a minute later Grant Hanley sent a powerful header just over the bar

Dieng then blocked another shot from Buendia at close range as the relentless pressure continued before the visitors went wild after 53 minutes

Pukki broke the offside trap midway through QPR’s halftime and ran without a hitch, but rather than shoot he chose to face off against Cantwell who had edged his colleague and the flag is raised

Another high-quality save from Dieng, with a bottom-up hand to deny Pukki at the near post, again kept the endemic Canaries at bay with the Londoners still tied as the game passed the hour

Defender Rob Dickie then took center stage, wiping a Jacob Sorensen strike off the line with his defeated keeper before Norwich finally got the goal he threatened after 75 minutes

Cantwell was the architect, breaking into the box from the left and shooting a reckless challenge from Dominic Ball that sent the sprawling young midfielder

The contact looked minimal but referee Langford pointed straight at the point and Pukki duly sent Dieng the wrong way

At the other end, rookie goalie Barden was just a spectator despite being called in 13 minutes from time, doing well to grab a point blank header from Dickie on the line when Rangers won a rare corner

The visitors now looked more threatening and came back to a tie after another penalty after 84 minutes

The referee indicated where Osayi-Samuel fell in the area after a push from Zimmermann and the same player rose to beat Barden by 12 meters

Osayi-Samuel should have won for the Hoops in the stoppage time, but sort of picked up the ball from close range after being put in by substitute Albert Adomah

Norwich’s Daniel Farke: “Overall the feeling is disappointing as it was a game we deserved to win We scored a fantastic team goal I saw it again and it wasn’t out -game Teemu is there with the back pass and Todd Cantwell is a meter behind the ball Everyone can have their own opinion on the decision making but I’ll keep my opinion to myself as I don’t want a recording ban

“After four or five calls we finally got a penalty which Teemu sets aside, but then they get a penalty which I thought was a goal kick To be honest we didn’t help each other by making a risky pass that was intercepted and not making a tackle when we have a tough chance”

QPR’s Mark Warburton: “I thought the guys put in a tremendous effort for the full 90 minutes and fully deserved to come back with a point Yes it could have been all three but I’m not going to criticize Bright He did well getting in the right position to get to the end of the cross and nine times out of 10 he would put it, probably more than that But these things happen and we’ll take the toss and move on

“We were up against a team with a lot of good players and stuck to our game plan, defending well and giving us a chance or two I was disappointed with their penalty as they had shouted for them all the match, making a lot of noise in an empty stadium, and eventually the referee fell in love It seems the louder you shout, the more you get with the fans who aren’t here and that’s disappointing “

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Ebene News – FI – Norwich City 1-1 QPR: Championship leaders took place at Carrow Road

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