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EPL: Chelsea beat Norwich 3-2

EPL: Chelsea beat Norwich 3-2
Abraham celebrates with his team-mates scoring a goal against Norwich.
London, Aug 24 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/24/2019 12:24:46 PM IST

Tammy Abraham’s double saw Chelsea beat Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road to hand Frank Lampard his first win in charge of the club.

It was Chelsea who opened the scoring after just three minutes through Abraham’s well-taken goal, only for the hosts to equalise only 156 seconds later as local boy Todd Cantwell side-footed home from close range after some lovely build-up play.

In what was an action-packed first half at a sun-drenched Carrow Road, however, the visitors soon found themselves back in front thanks to Mason Mount’s composed finish (17).

Norwich fought back, though, as the in-form Teemu Pukki made it five goals in his first three Premier League appearances to level matters again on the half-hour mark, only for Abraham to win it with his second goal midway through the second half.

The visitors - who lost Pedro in the warm-up, to be replaced by Ross Barkley - made the perfect start in East Anglia as Cesar Azpilicueta got free to the right byline, before finding the unmarked Abraham in the area. And the striker showed great confidence to beat Tim Krul with an accurate finish into the corner of the net, not that his and his team’s celebrations lasted for long as Norwich soon levelled.

Cantwell was strong in the box, before releasing Pukki down the inside left channel, and from the Finland striker’s low cross, there was Cantwell to side-foot home from close range.

It was raining goals as back came Chelsea as Christian Pulisic’s clever ball found Mount in the box, with the young midfielder keeping his cool to work some space with quick feet, before burying a shot past Krul for his second strike in a week. That was not the end of the first-half scoring, though, with the hosts back on level terms on the half-hour mark after excellent play from Emiliano Buendia, whose lovely through-ball picked out Pukki.

And the in-form Finn kept his cool to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga from an acute angle as Norwich’s famed recovery powers were once more there for all to see.

In the end, however, Chelsea’s extra experience and class began to show, with the visitors winning a ding-dong affair midway through the second half thanks to that man Abraham. The impressive Mateo Kovacic powered forward through midfield, before finding his forward and despite having a lot of work to do, the England international managed to find the target from the edge of the box with a low drive past a flat-footed Krul.

Norwich travel to Crawley in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday night, before then taking on West Ham at the London Stadium four days later.

Meanwhile, Chelsea take on another newly promoted side, Sheffield United, at Bramall Lane next Saturday.

Match results

Brighton 0 – 2 Southampton

Man Utd 1 – 2 Crystal Palace

Watford 1 – 3 West Ham

Sheff Utd 1 - 2 Leicester

 

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