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Manchester City stunned by newly-promoted Norwich

Two goals in 10 first-half minutes from Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell gave Norwich a healthy lead inside half an hour, before Sergio Aguero scored just before half time to give the visitor hope.However, that hope was soon extinguished thanks a defensive howler from Nicolas Otamendi, who dawdled on the ball to allow Emiliano Buendia to dispossess him and set up goal machine Teemu Pukki.New summer-signing Rodri pulled a late goal back with a shot from the edge of the area, but Norwich held on for a famous victory."It was a good game, they arrived [at goal] three or four times and we conceded bad goals," City manager Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports."On the first set piece we knew they would attack the first post and the second one we didn't make a counterattack, that can happen, but we didn't control the line — and the third was a mistake."But I know what we are as a team, I know what they have done, what we are going to do again and I love my players. It's a pleasure and honor to be with them and it's a challenge at the highest level, people cannot expect to win every time or make 100 points or 90 points."City's defensive frailties compound the news from earlier this week that star center-back Aymeric Laporte could be sidelined for up to six months with a knee injury.Even with the Frenchman — undoubtedly one of the league's best defenders — City had looked weak defending corners this season and it was a vulnerability Norwich exposed.READ: Liverpool battles back against Newcastle to maintain perfect start to the seasonREAD: Manchester United players 'at best staying still, but most of all regressing'McLean rose highest at the near post to glance Buendia's corner past the stranded Ederson, sparking wild scenes that surely even the most ardent Norwich fan couldn't have predicted before kick-off.So unexpected to win were Norwich, that some bookmakers had its odds of victory as long as 28/1.Just 10 minutes later, Daniel Farke's side tore up the script completely as Pukki, whose goalscoring exploits have made him a hero back home in Finland, turned provider to square the ball for Cantwell to tap into an empty net.Guardiola's decision to leave Kevin de Bruyne on the bench had raised eyebrows before the game and was beginning to look increasingly misguided as the half wore on.However, with City looking bereft of ideas, Aguero popped up out of nowhere to head home from Bernardo Silva's cross on the stroke of half time.It looked to be the catalyst City needed to turn the game around but any momentum it had built at the start of the second half was quickly derailed by Otamendi.The Argentine idled while in possession, blissfully unaware that BuendRead More – Source