Norwich City were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium thanks to an own goal from Tim Krul and shots from Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.
Andrew Omobamidele returned to the bench and replaced Christoph Zimmermann in Daniel Farke’s only change from the squad that lost to Liverpool last Saturday.
After Krul cleared a right cross from Gabriel Jesus, the home side took the lead early on. Rodri found Jesus on the right again, and this time his ball was aimed at Ferran Torres.
Grant Hanley tried to clear the danger, but the ball hit Krul and bounced across the line for 1-0 in the seventh minute.
Pep Guardiola’s side believed they had doubled their lead in the 15th minute, Jesus found Torres to race through on goal and seek out the bottom right corner.
However, after a VAR check for a foul on Milot Rashica during the build-up, referee Graham Scott checked the VAR monitor and disallowed the goal.
Manchester City continued to look dangerous from the right, increasing their lead in the 22nd minute via Jesus’ cross and Grealish’s finish.
Norwich produced some neat passes during the first half, but never troubled Ederson and went into halftime trailing 2-0.
Farke made two substitutions at halftime, Bali Mumba replaced Dimitris Giannoulis and Kenny McLean replaced Lukas Rupp.
Rodri fired over the bar from the edge of the area for Manchester City’s first try of the second half.
Max Aarons saw a good run from Rashica in the 54th minute and gave an accurate pass over the top, but Ederson raced off his line to go clear.
On the other hand, Manchester City continued to apply pressure, Jesus cut in and dragged a shot just wide of Krul’s post after Kyle Walker’s attack kindly came his way.
There was an element of luck in Manchester City’s third goal, a corner from Ilkay Gundogan who bounced around the 18-yard box before Laporte buried the ball past Krul.
The Canaries reacted almost immediately, Aarons’ cross hit Gundogan and just missed the post for a corner.
Manchester City then scored an archetypal goal, with Walker sending a precise through ball to Jesus, who put him on the plate for Sterling with his first touch.
The English attacker, who came on in the second half, made no mistake to put the hosts ahead 4-0.
In the 77th minute, Josh Sargent made his second appearance for Norwich as a replacement for Teemu Pukki.
Rashica immediately had a chance to run forward through the left wing before coming in and curling up high and wide.
With six minutes to go, Ruben eliminated Dias Mahrez with a ball over the top. The latter took it in time and space before muffling the post for 5-0.
Manchester City: Ederson (GK); Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Gundogan (C) (Palmer 69), Grealish (Mahrez 75), Rodri; Jesus, Silva, Torres (Sterling 61)
Unused substitutes: Steffen (GK), Ake, Zinchenko, Mendy, Fernandinho, Doyle
Goals: Curl own goal (7), Grealish (22), Laporte (65), Sterling (71), Mahrez (84)
Bookings: Gundogan (39)
Norwich City: Curl (GK); Aarons, Gibson, Hanley (C), Giannoulis (Mumba 46); Rupp (McLean 46), Gilmour, Lees-Melou; Cantwell, Pukki (Sargent 77), Rashica
Unused substitutes: Gunn (GK), Omobamidele, Tzolis, Sørensen, Dowell, Idah.
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Graham Scott