Four first half goals, which began with a debilitating own goal by Norwich, fueled Manchester City’s 7-0 victory on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
City struck early and often in the first half, claiming their sixth victory of the Premier League campaign. City earned a 70-30 possession advantage, 11 shots with four on target to three shots and one on target for Norwich, and forced five corner kicks, all in the first 45 minutes.
Forward Sergio Aguero recorded two assists in the first half and his eighth goal of the year, while aiding David Silva on his third goal and Alvaro Negredo on his fourth. Samir Nasri also tallied an assist on defender Matija Nastasic’s goal in the 25th minute.
Yaya Toure scored his fifth goal of the season, curving an incredible free kick in the 60th just outside the Canaries area.
Aguero's goal came in the 71st minute, and striker Edin Dzeko notched the match's final goal in the 86th. Depending on how Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and Luiz Suarez fare against Arsenal later today, Aguero is now tied for the EPL lead in scoring.
It was Norwich’s second consecutive match without a goal, and their third loss in the last four. They managed to squeeze off seven total shots, with only one on target.
The unfortunate own goal was charged to Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson in the 16th minute. Aguero’s shot was blocked by the Canaries backline, but the ball pinged around the area until it last touched by Johnson for the own goal.
From there City scored three goals in 20 minutes. Aguero first accepted a through ball barely onside and found himself alone in the Canaries' penalty box. Silva then charged into the box for a left-footed strike to the bottom right corner of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 20th.
Five minutes later, Nasri lifted a corner to Nastasic for a cleaver header that slipped past outstretched Norwich keeper John Ruddy.
Negredo capped the first half with his goal in front of the net after Toure and Aguero worked the give-and-go and maybe got away with an offsides call.