Norwich 1-1 Stoke City (22.08.2015) Live Commentary

The game produced by the players today wasn’t of the most attractive ones. It seems they haven’t shown us their best. The hosts looked more lively and played better football. Both sides tried to prevail using combination football.
That’s all for today because the game is over.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
Graham Dorrans (Norwich) tries his luck with and strikes the ball towards goal from long-range, but it is blocked by one of the defenders. Norwich have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) plants a nice towering header goalwards, but one of the defenders is in the right place at the right time and makes a vital clearance. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Norwich will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich) wastes a huge opportunity after receiving a fine cross from the free kick, but his close-range shot goes well over the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Joselu (Stoke City) does well to connect with the resulting set piece, but his shot flies high over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Norwich.
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Cameron Jerome (Norwich) latched on to a cross inside the six-yard box to produce a header and if it wasn’t for one of the defenders who made a save on the goal line, he would have been celebrating a goal now.
Here’s the change. Jonathan Howson (Norwich) goes off the pitch and Gary O’Neil (Norwich) comes on.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) receives a yellow card from the referee for a foul that he committed a little earlier.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
That was a nice football moment. Graham Dorrans (Norwich) receives an amazing defence-splitting low pass on the edge of the box and blasts the ball towards the goal, aiming to the bottom right corner. Jack Butland guessed his intentions and dives superbly to deny his effort with a remarkable save! The ball goes out-of-play. Norwich are awarded a corner kick.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) produces an unsuccessful corner kick.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. The ball goes out for a corner. Norwich can continue in their attacking effort.
A pass from Cameron Jerome (Norwich) is intercepted by Jack Butland (Stoke City) and the move breaks down.
Steven Whittaker (Norwich) can’t be surprised. Good decision by the referee who cooled the situation down. I have seen yellow cards, or worse, given in these situations before.
The Norwich players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Bradley Johnson (Norwich) is the one who was caught offside.
It’s time for a substitution. Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) comes on in place of Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City).
Here is a change. Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) is going off and Alex Neil gives the last tactical orders to Bradley Johnson (Norwich).
Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) commits an offensive foul and referee Michael Dean immediately signals a set piece.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. Norwich will take a corner kick.
Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) latches on to lofted pass, and from the edge of the box he unleashes a volley that goes high over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Norwich.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
Michael Dean shows a yellow card to Alexander Tettey (Norwich) for his blatant foul.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
Jack Butland (Stoke City) pulls off a great save to deny Nathan Redmond (Norwich) after receiving a precise defence-splitting pass. The effort is headed for the bottom left corner, but the goalkeeper dives superbly to stop it. Definitely the best save of this match so far! Good work from Norwich as they win a corner.
There’s an opportunity for Robbie Brady (Norwich) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Norwich are going to take it.
Mark Hughes has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) replacing Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City).
Substitution. Joselu (Stoke City) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) walks off.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) dances his way past two defending players and gets to the edge of the box from where he unleashes a shot that goes well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Norwich.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Graham Dorrans (Norwich) latches on to a pin-point pass on the edge of the box and fires the ball to the right post, but the goalkeeper makes an amazing dive to deny him. The strike bounces off his gloves and hits the post. The ball is out-of-play and Norwich manage to earn a corner.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) in a great chance! He climbs highest deep in the penalty box and strikes with a powerful header towards the net. Next time he should aim better. His effort ends wide of the right post.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Jonathan Howson (Norwich) makes a driving run into the box but he cannot work any space for a shot. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle.
What a chance that is! Nathan Redmond (Norwich) finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails by a whisker wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
After the half-time break we are back again. The players are back out on the pitch, and the second half is underway.
We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is rather common and not hugely entertaining. It has been a tight contest so far. Both teams attempt to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) produces a cross from the resulting free kick far from the goal, but there’s no one to really attack the ball and the goalkeeper gathers easily.
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Russell Martin (Norwich) was quite harsh and Michael Dean didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card.
2 additional min. will be played.
The Norwich players are exchanging some short passes.
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. The ball is out-of-play. Norwich will take a throw-in.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is caught offside!
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Michael Dean has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) fires the ball from a mid-range free kick, but the effort goes just wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) brings an opponent down and Michael Dean interrupts the game. Norwich win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
A cross is whipped into the box by Glen Johnson (Stoke City) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) controls it well. He lines up the ball, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
The game is interrupted as Cameron Jerome (Norwich) is flagged for offside.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Glen Johnson (Stoke City) headed on.
Russell Martin (Norwich) trips an opposition player, and Michael Dean signals a foul.
The assistant referee raises his flag and the main referee blows the whistle. Mame Diouf (Stoke City) puts the ball into the net, but he is flagged for offside.
Tempers flare. Alexander Tettey (Norwich) came up with a late tackle and brought his opponent down. This time without a booking.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
It’s in the back of the net! Nathan Redmond (Norwich) picks out Russell Martin (Norwich) with a sweet pass, who latches on to it deep inside the box and leaves the goalkeeper beaten. 1:1.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) controls the ball from the resulting set piece in the six-yard box and releases a strike which could have ended in the left side of the goal, if it hadn’t been stopped with a magnificent save by Jack Butland (Stoke City).
Robbie Brady (Norwich) will take the free kick.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) makes a rough challenge and Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails far wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) skips past his man but can’t keep the ball in play. Michael Dean blows the whistle. Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and loses the ball. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) tries his luck with a shot from long distance after receiving a good pass. His poorly placed effort flies miles wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
The Norwich players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) has an effort from the edge of the area, but he skies the ball over the top. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
GOAL! Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) curls the free kick into the box and Mame Diouf (Stoke City) peels off his marker to produce a brilliant header that goes past John Ruddy (Norwich) and into the left side of the net. 0:1.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) takes the ball and sets it for the free kick.
The game is interrupted, a clear handball by Robbie Brady (Norwich). Stoke City have a free kick.
Russell Martin (Norwich) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
The resulting corner, taken by Robbie Brady (Norwich), comes to nothing.
The free kick is taken by Robbie Brady (Norwich), but the delivery it’s cleared. The referee signals for a corner kick, Norwich are awarded.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Michael Dean, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. Norwich earn a free kick.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
A crossfield pass from Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) failed to find any of his teammates. The ball goes out-of-play and Norwich will have a goal kick.
The first half has started.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Stoke City will have the kick-off.
Today’s referee will be Michael Dean.
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