Norwich City 1-2 Leeds United: Raphinha stars as Whites nip Canaries

Leeds United moved out of the bottom three of the Premier League table as they defeated Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road.

The three goals were scored in a four-minute span as Raphinha gave the Whites the lead in the 56th minute only to see Andrew Omobamidele level for the Canaries.

On the hour mark, Rodrigo scored the match-winner to lift Leeds ahead of Burnley and into 17th place while Norwich remained firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with just two points.

Story of the match

Leeds had the first major chance inside the opening 10 minutes. Stuart Dallas slipped Dan James through on goal, he rounded Tim Krul, but Norwich captain Grant Hanley was able to clear his lines.

At the other end, the Canaries had a sight of goal when Milot Rashica found some space and sent in a cross that fell for Teemu Puuki, but the Finn could only shoot wide.

Max Aarons then broke into the box and decided to have a go, his shot blocked by Pascal Struijk. 

The last chances before halftime came the way of Diego Llorente who saw a header go over the bar, and Rodrigo, when he struck from outside the box into the arms of Krul.

Ilian Meslier was forced to save from Rashica down the other end and then Mathias Normann shot wide moments later. 

The hosts were on the front foot to start the second half as Rashica tested Meslier from a free-kick, but the Leeds shot-stopper was equal to the task.

On 56 minutes, the visitors were in front. A quick breakaway saw James collect the ball and play it out wide to Raphinha, who broke into the box and fired low past Krul to make it 1-0.

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Just two minutes later, the Canaries were level. From a Rashica corner, Omobamidele connected with his head and fired past Meslier and on to the underside of the bar.

In this back-and-forth contest, Leeds found a winner on the hour mark. Struijk won the ball in midfield, Kalvin Phillips collected and passed to Rodrigo, who struck from 25 yards.

The Whites could have doubled their lead in the 74th minute when Jack Harrison cut  the ball back for Raphinha, but he lashed his effort wide.

In the last quarter of an hour, there was little action as Leeds held on for three valuable points while Norwich saw their winless run in the top flight extended to 18 matches on the bounce.

Man of the match: Raphinha

He looked to be a different class to anyone on the pitch for either side. His quality opened up Norwich whenever he was in a dangerous position and his goal was the least he deserved for another sublime performance.

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