Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

Barry Glendenning on 24 August 2019

Match report: Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea

Jacob Steinberg was at Carrow Road to see Chelsea beat newly-promoted Norwich by the odd goal of five in an entertaining lunchtime game.


An email: “Your very own You Are The Ref explained that any contact with a goalkeeper whilst he has both feet off the ground, and both hands on the ball, is a foul,” writes Dan C. “It also explained that no pundit seems to know that.” I’m not so sure that Giroud made contact with with Krul while he had both hands on the ball. I’ll wait for a replay and see if that’s the case.

VAR: The monitor-monitoring assistants in Stockley Park had a busy day today. Their checks resulted in a perfectly good Chelsea goal being disallowed, Ben Godfrey escaping a dismissal for a fairly obvious red card offence and Chelsea somehow not getting a penalty for a blatant Marco Stiepermann foul on Cesar Azpilicueta in the Norwich box. Well done, VAR. Well done.


Tammy Abraham: “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of,” says Chelsea’s striker in an interview with BT Sport, upon asked how he feels after scoring his first goals for Chelsea, 15 years – and 60 goals on loan at other teams - after joining the club. “Getting in the first team and scoring. I was always confident I could do it.”

Chelsea win: Frank Lampard and his players milk the applause of the travelling fans before heading to the sanctuary of the dressing-room.

Full-time: Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at Carrow Road, where Chelsea have won an entertaining game by the odd goal of five. Frank Lampard has secured his first win as Chelsea manager, while Tammy Abraham scored twice to get off the mark for the season. Mason Mount also scored his second in two games for Chelsea, before hobbling off lame. Norwich played quite impressively too, coming from behind twice in the first half courtesy of goals from Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki.

90+4 min: Willian tries his luck, but fires wide from distance. Now Kurt Zouma is down injured, having hurt the small of his back after leaping to contest a high ball.

90+3 min: Ross Barkley wins a corner for Chelsea after a shot from distance is tipped wide of the upright by Tim Krul. Nothing comes of the set-piece.

90+1 min: We’re into the first of five added minutes. Can Chelsea hang on for a victory that ultimately they deserve? After a very even first half, they’ve dominated since the break. For all that, their defence is a bit of a mess and needs a lot of work. The imminent return of Antonio Rudiger should help.

88 min: Mason Mount goes down injured and there are raucous boos as Norwich put the ball out of play. Mount appears to have injured his thigh and is going to be replaced by Marcos Alonso.

86 min: Ben Godfrey leaves one in on Mason Mount, stamping on his instep with a late challenge. It’s a definite yellow card offence and possibly a red. Following a VAR check, he escapes with any censure. I’m not sure what the lads in VAR Towers are drinking this afternoon, but I wouldn’t mind a drop of it. Chelsea substitution: Willian on for Christian Pulisic.

84 min: According to BT Sport’s referee-in-residence Peter Walton, Martin Atkinson initially awarded a goal to Kurt Zouma, only for VAR to urge him to change his mind, because Olivier Giroud had backed into Tim Krul as the goalkeeper tried to catch a ball dropping out of the sky. That wasn’t the way I read the situation and I’m convinced Giroud didn’t foul Krul.

Norwich triple-substitution: Kenny McClean, Mario Vrancic and Dennis Srbeny on for Moritz Leitner, Tom Trybull and Marco Stiepermann.

78 min: Kurt Zouma bundles the ball home after Tim Krul had leaped to catch it, only to fumble under pressure from Olivier Giroud, who had leapt in front of him but didn’t make contact with the goalkeeper. No goal is awarded, despite a VAR consultation. It looked a perfectly fine goal to me, but as we all know, strikers aren’t allowed jump in the same postal code as goalkeepers without the man in gloves getting a free-kick.

Tim Krul drops the ball under pressure from Olivier Giroud.
Tim Krul drops the ball under pressure from Olivier Giroud. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images


76 min: Good play from Mason Mount, who dummies a low cross from Pulisic to let the ball run on to Ross Barkley just outside the penalty area. He shoots and his effort is on target, but is blocked by Ben Godfrey.

75 min: Chelsea substitution: Tammy Abraham goes off to be replaced by Olivier Giroud. He gets a standing ovation from the travelling Chelsea fans.

74 min: Free-kick for Norwich after a Pulisic foul on Cantwell. Nothing comes of it.

72 min: Ben Godfrey wins a corner after a rampaging run up the inside left and then almost scores, hitting the cross-bar after getting on the end of the ensuing inswinger.

71 min: Tammy Abraham has answered a few of his critics, me among them, with his brace today. Those two goals will do wonders for his confidence, as I suspect he was beginning to feel a bit of pressure after drawing blanks in his opening three games.

GOAL! Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea (Abraham 69)

Chelsea retake the lead. Tammy Abraham picks up a Pulisic pass from midfield, takes the ball away from Grant Hanley with an excellent first touch and advances towards the edge of the penalty area. From there, he shoots low into the bottom left-hand corner.

Tammy Abraham shoots low into the bottom left-hand corner.
Tammy Abraham shoots low into the bottom left-hand corner. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images


66 min: Ross Barkley tries his luck with a shot from distance. He fires straight at Tim Krul.

64 min: The more I see of that Stiepermann challenge on Azpilicueta, the more baffling I find it that the ref’s original decision to ignore it wasn’t overturned on the advice of the men in VAR HQ. It was a clear foul on the Chelsea full-back.


61 min: Cesar Azpilicueta is unhappy with referee Martin Atkinson. He feels he should have had a spot-kick after being caught on the knee by a Marco Stiepermann challenge in the Norwich City penalty area. It seems that VAR have had a look at it but didn’t think it was worth overturning. It looked a stone-wall penalty to me.

61 min: A promising Norwich counter-attack is stopped by a good tackle by Mateo Kovacic on Teemu Pukki.

60 min: Chelsea win a corner. Mount curls the ball towards the far post, but Tim Krul comes off his line to punch it clear.

59 min: Mount tries a shot from distance, but his effort is blocked too.

57 min: More Chelsea dominance. Azpilicueta shoots from just inside the Norwich penalty area, but Ben Godfrey blocks. Moments later, Ross Barkley dances past four Norwich defenders to tee up Azpilicueta for another shot, which fizzes wide. Norwich are really under the cosh here.

56 min: Emerson tries to pick out Tammy Abraham with a cross from the left, but Grant Hanley out-jumps the striker to clear.

55 min: Chelsea have dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half, but chances have been few and far between as they struggle to create scoring opportunities.

54 min: Excellent from Todd Cantwell, who tracks back to dispossess Cesar Azpilicueta in a dangerous position on the right flank.

52 min: There’s a break in play as Marco Stiepermann receives treatment for an injury to his hand sustained in a robust coming-together with Kurt Zouma.

50 min: Norwich fans have just spent the 49th minute applauding in a tribute to David Powell, one of their number who recently died in a car accident.


49 min: A Jorginho shot from distance takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. Mason Mount swings the ball into the mixer, where Azpilicueta gets in front of Ben Godfrey and flicks a header over the bar.

47 min: Jamal Lewis intercepts a Cesar Azpilicueta pass, but Norwich lose possession again. With Lewis in possession, the ball’s played to Chrsitian Pulisic, who opts not to square the ball for Tammy Abraham and fires wide from a tight angle instead. Abraham is understandably unhappy with his team-mate. Norwich’s defending in the early stages of this second half has been slapstick.

Second half: Norwich City 2-2 Chelsea

46 min: Norwich get the second half started, with no changes in personnel on either side. Here’s hoping for a second half that’s just as entertaining as the first. Mason Mount drags an early shot wide after Ross Barkley steals possession in the Norwich half.

Half-time: Norwich 2-2 Chelsea

Peep! Both sides go in for the break after a massively entertaining first half. Tammy Abraham opened toe scoring for Chelsea, only to have his effort cancelled out just over two minutes later by Todd Cantwell. Chelsea went ahead again through Mason Mount, only for Teemu Pukki to restore parity with his fifth goal in three Premier League games. Both sides have looked great going forward, but rather kamikaze at the back. There’ll be more goals in this game - mark my words.

45+1 min: Norwich gallop upfield on the counter-attack from the corner. The ball’s played upfield for Teemu Pukki to chase, but Kepa reads the situation well and is quick out of his penalty area to clear the ball and the danger.

45 min: Jamal Lewis makes a crucial block from Christian Pulisic, who controlled a pass into the Norwich penalty area beautifully before unleashing a shot from about seven yards out. Corner for Chelsea.

44 min: Marco Stipermann is booked for a challenge on Jorginho in which he appeared to win the ball. I suppose it makes up for the card he avoided earlier.

43 min: Grant Hanley tries to pick out Todd Cantwell with a long ball up the pitch. his attempt to sprint in behind the Chelsea defence is thwarted by Kurt Zouma.

41 min: Moritz Leitner puts the ball out of play for a Chelsea throw-in deep in Norwich territory, dispossessing Mason Mount in the process.

38 min: With options to his left and right, Ross Barkley tries a shot from the edge of the Norwich penalty area. The ball takes a deflection, loops up in the air and drops for Christian Pulisic on the byline. He’s unable to control it under pressure from Grant Hanley and puts it out for a goal-kick.

34 min: It’s one from the training ground, as Stiepermann touches the ball to Buendia, who advances several strides closer to goal before unleashing a shot. Kepa parries his effort and the ball drops to Grant Hanley. He shoots the rebound straight at the goalkeeper. A let-off for Chelsea, who are almost as bad in defence as their opponents.


34 min: Jorginho is booked for a late lunge on Emi Buendia. Norwich City have a free-kick wide on the right.

31 min: Teemu Pukki gets goal side of Kurt Zouma, just about staying onside to get on a wonderful defence-splitting through ball from Buendia. From a tight angle, he hits a low diagonal shot goalwards. Kepa gets a decent touch on it but is unable to prevent the ball slowly rolling over the line. It’s a good finish from the Finn, but Chelsea’s goalkeeper should have kept it out.


GOAL! Norwich City 2-2 Chelsea (Pukki 31)

Teemu!!! Norwich restore parity again, with Teemu Puki scoring his fifth goal in three games.

Teemu Pukki watches his shot beat goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Teemu Pukki watches his shot beat goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images


28 min: Ben Godfrey is forced to dive in with a good challenge in his own penalty area, denying Jorginho a shooting opportunity just as the Brazilian was about to pull the trigger. Chelsea are getting into that Norwich penalty area way too easily. As impressive as they are going forward, Norwich are very poor defensively.

27 min: Chelsea win another free-kick, which Emerson wastes. In a good position to get a decent cross into the Norwich penalty area, he curls the ball straight out of play for a goal kick.

25 min: Chelsea win a corner, which is taken short from Mount to Barkley. The ball is crossed into the penalty area from the left, where Stiepermann loses Andreas Christensen. The Chelsea central defender stoop to head goalwards, but Tim Krul saves brilliantly, turning his effort away.

24 min: Norwich are forced to scramble the ball clear from their own penalty area, as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount try to create an opening.

23 min: Christian Pulisic takes the ball past Ben Godfrey to get in a good position on the right side of the penalty area, only to slip before he can get a cross in. Norwich clear their lines.

21 min: Emerson Palmieri tries a pot-shot that’s blocked by Grant Hanley.

18 min: Norwich try to play the ball out from the back, but get caught out. A rogue pass is picked up by Christian Pulisic halfway inside the Norwich half. He plays the ball to Barkley, who picks out Mount with a clever ball. The midfielder gallops into space in the Norwich penalty area before thumping the ball past Tim Krul into the bottom right-hand corner.

GOAL! Norwich 1-2 Chelsea (Mount 17)

Chelsea retake the lead, with Mason Mount scoring his second goal in as many games.

Mason Mount celebrates with Tammy Abraham after scoring the second.
Mason Mount celebrates with Tammy Abraham after scoring the second. Photograph: Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images


15 min: Marco Stiepermann cynically hauls down Mateo Kovacic as he galloped towards the Norwich penalty area. Remarkably,m the Norwich midfielder escapes a booking, but Chelsea have a free-kick from about 35 yards out, in the inside right channel. Mason Mount swings the ball into the penalty area, where Stiepermann puts it out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.

13 min: Mason Mount attacks down the left flank for Chelsea, galloping into space left by Max Aarons, who lost the ball further up the field. The ball’s sent into the penalty area, where Grant Hanley heads clear. Chelsea attack the Norwich penalty area again, but Max Aarons is back in position to intercept and clear.

12 min: Early possession stats: Norwich 66%-34% Chelsea.

10 min: Jamal Lewis tries to release Teemu Pukki with a pass in behind Chelsea’s high defensive line. Andreas Christensen makes a crucial interception.

9 min: Norwich go forward again, with Jamal Lewis on the ball down the left flank. Mateo Kovacic does well to track back and relieve him of possession.

7 min: Outstanding against Newcastle last week, Todd Cantwell scores his first Premier League goal to level proceedings. Norwich scythed through the Chelsea defence, with Teemu Pukki finding himself in possession on the left side of the six yard box. He could have tried a shot, but unselfishly opted to square the ball instead. Bursting between defenders, Cantwell was on hand to fire home low and hard from five yards out.

GOAL! Norwich City 1-1 Chelsea (Cantwell 6)

And the home side equalises with a superbly worked goal.

Cantwell meets Pukki’s cross to score from close range.
Cantwell meets Pukki’s cross to score from close range. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images


5 min: A perfect start for Chelsea. They worked the ball cross-field from left flank to right, where Christian Pulisic held it up. Azpilicueta charged up his outside on the overlap, before looping in a cross from the right. Unmarked in the penalty area, Tammy Abraham took a touch to control it before slotting home.

GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Chelsea (Abraham 3)

Chelsea take the lead. Tammy Abraham scores his first goal for the club, getting on the end of a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta to slot home from about eight yards out.

Tammy Abraham slots in the opening goal at Carrow Road.
Tammy Abraham slots in the opening goal at Carrow Road. Photograph: Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Abraham celebrates scoring his first goal for the club.
Abraham celebrates scoring his first goal for the club. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA


3 min: Mason Mount takes a poor touch and lunges in on Marco Stiepermann. Free-kick for Norwich near the halfway line.

2 min: Norwich pass the ball around deep inside their own half, before getting it towards the halfway line and losing possession. They get it back again, as the games begins tentatively.

Norwich City v Chelsea is go!!!

1 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling, working it back towards goalkeeper Kepa, who gets an early touch.

Not long now: The teams line up in the narrow tunnel and make their way out on to the pitch. Norwich’s players wear their customary home kit of canary yellow and green shirts, green shorts and yellow socks. Chelsea’s players wear white shirts and shorts, with blue socks.


A late change for Chelsea: Pedro has injured his hamstring in the warm-up and will not play. Ross Barkley has been drafted in to replace him.

Frank Lampard speaks: “I certainly took in the appreciation from the fans,” he tells Jake Humphrey, in an interview recorded earlier this week. “I loved it and was very proud of it,” he says of the welcome he got from Chelsea fans at his first home game in charge. “I’m in work mode and don’t get too caught up in the emotion, because I’m too focussed.”

On his management style: |I try to be myself because I always felt as a player that I didn’t buy into managers who were trying to portray a certain personality,” he says. “You can’t have love every day. You can’t have toughness every day. You have to flip between them and try to find a balance.”

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard makes his way to the Chelsea dressing-room at Carrow Road. Photograph: Clive Howes - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

An email: “As a Chelsea fan it pains me to say it, but with Kante out injured and current form of both teams, I wouldn’t be surprised if Norwich nick the three points,” writes Tom Noble from Stockholm. “Even if Kante was fit, Jorginho tends to expose our shaky defence, especially against players like Pukki. I’m not his biggest fan but also quite surprised that Barkley hasn’t been given a proper chance yet. Oh well, here we go.”

I am inclined to agree with you Tom and would have fancied Norwich for this one, even with Kante in the side. Without him, I can see Chelsea’s midfield being over-run, much like they were at times against Manchester United and Leicester. We shall see.

Norwich v Chelsea
A peek inside the Chelsea dressing-room. Photograph: Clive Howes - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Team news: Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham start for Chelsea, who will have to make do without N’Golo Kante this afternoon. For Norwich, |Daniel Farke fields the same team that performed so well against Newcastle last weekend.

Norwich v Chelsea
Max Aarons, Todd Cantwell and Ben Godfrey have a pre-match chat on the pitch at Carrow Road. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Norwich v Chelsea line-ups

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis, Leitner, Trybull, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Emi, Pukki.

Subs: Byram, Vrancic, Klose, Fahrmann, McLean, Tettey, Srbeny.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.

Subs: Alonso, Barkley, Willian, Caballero, Giroud, Batshuayi, Tomori.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Early team news: Central defender Timm Klose returned to Norwich training after recovering from a hip injury, while his fellow defender Christoph Zimmermann is also back after knee surgery, but unlikely to play any part today. Winger Onel Hernandez underwent knee surgery this week and will not feature, while reserve striker Josip Drmic is a doubt due to a hamstring problem. For Chelsea, N’golo Kante is a major doubt with a minor ankle injury that will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

N'golo Kante
N’golo Kante is a doubt for Chelsea after suffering an injury against Chelsea. Photograph: Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Premier League: Norwich City v Chelsea

Carrow Road is the setting for what promises to be an intriguing encounter. Frank Lampard arrives still looking for that elusive first win in charge of Chelsea, while Norwich fans will be buoyed by a win over Newcastle last weekend that could scarcely have been more emphatic. Kick-off is at 12.30pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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