Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday Premier League: Newcastle destroys Norwich for first win

Newcastle 6-2 Norwich City
The lone Sunday offering in the Premier League continued Saturday's trend of early goals, mostly coming from Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum.

Newcastle got the party started with some fancy footwork and a nice assist from Moussa Sissoko to set up Georginio Wijnaldum for a ten yard strike in the 14th minute. Norwich got themselves on the scoresheet when Martin Olsson delivered a picture perfect cross to Dieumerci Mbokani for a tap in goal just before the clock struck 20 minutes. Despite Norwich controlling precedings after their goal, Sissoko hooked up with Wijnaldum again in the 26th minute to put Newcastle back in front. They struck again in the 33rd. This time Ayoze Perez was the provider by scoring on a second chance after his first shot was blocked. The Magpies had jumped into a 3-1 lead.

Norwich contributed to the frantic pace less than two minutes later. Olsson earned his second assist of the match with a cross to the back post where Nathan Redmond was waiting all by himself for another tap in. That 3-2 scoreline would hold up to halftime, somehow. The teams combined for 14 total shots and five goals on five shots on target. Nieher goalkeeper made a save in the opening 45 minutes.

The goals continued to fly, at least for Newcastle, in the second half. Sissoko bagged his third assist in the 64th minute by setting up Aleksander Mitrovic from the right flank. Two minutes later, Wijnaldum found his hat trick. He buried a header to finish off another quick Newcastle counter. In case five goals want enough, Wijnaldum added a sixth, and his fourth of the game, on a deflected shot in the 85th.

The emphatic Newcastle win is their first of the season and lifts them to six points and out of the Premier League's basement to 18th.

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