Carlos Tevez's hat-trick helped Manchester City beat Norwich to reduce Manchester United's lead to two points at the Premier League summit.

Tevez's swerving effort beat John Ruddy before he set up Sergio Aguero.

Norwich replied when Andrew Surman blasted in after Joe Hart's punch.

But Tevez boosted the lead with a header and Aguero's solo effort added the gloss before Tevez rounded Ruddy to complete his hat-trick and Adam Johnson slotted in from close range.

The Argentine celebrated his third strike with a golf swing, perhaps mocking those who questioned his desire during his unauthorised leave of absence in his home country where he was pictured on the golf course.

Roberto Mancini hails 'fantastic' Carlos Tevez

But after a fractious period in his Manchester City career, his performance and the result showed that his team's title challenge was back on track.

For all boss Roberto Mancini's claims that his team have no chance of overtaking rivals United, who host Aston Villa on Sunday, the Italian's players showed they have not given up.

Aguero, who was also a menace and scored two fine goals, came inches away from matching his countryman's tally when he hit the post late on.

It was a deadly exhibition of finishing from the front two, and City look to have recovered their former fluency, but the scoreline was harsh on Norwich, who pressured the visitors early on, and tested them again after reducing the deficit to 2-1.

Four goals in the last 17 minutes swept their challenge aside to give Manchester City their first away league win since 12 February but before the visitors could take control, they had to withstand an early barrage from the in-form Canaries.

TEVEZ ON SONG AGAIN

  • Tevez's hat-trick took his tally to four for the season and he has now scored three hat-tricks for Manchester City

Paul Lambert's side almost led when Joleon Lescott cleared Grant Holt's header off the line following a corner, the visiting defenders protesting as Anthony Pilkington appeared to block Hart.

The Manchester City players had already made their feelings known to referee Chris Foy when Tevez was booked for diving, after he appeared to be caught by Ryan Bennett.

But soon after, Tevez's recent rehabilitation continued when he was fed down the right by a re-energised David Silva and struck a swerving shot that beat Ruddy at his near post.

The second goal was a gem as Aguero supplied Tevez in the inside left channel and then picked up his fellow countryman's backheel to fire past Ruddy.

Norwich 'will learn' from defeat

That strike knocked the wind out of Norwich, with Grant Holt's effort on the half-turn the only significant return before the break.

In 2005, Norwich director Delia Smith issued her infamous "Let's be 'aving you" rallying cry during the interval in a Premiership game between these two teams. But the Canaries - who had won seven of their previous eight home league games - are a different proposition under Lambert, and the Scot settled for a double substitution to rouse his side.

The move quickly brought reward when one of the replacements, Surman, steered the ball in after Hart had punched Adam Drury's cross clear.

And the other replacement, Wes Hoolahan, helped improve Norwich's midfield as they supported the advanced Aaron Wilbraham.

But as Norwich pressed, the visitors almost caught them on the break twice and Yaya Toure's arrival from the bench proved pivotal as three goals then flew in during the space of seven minutes.

It fell to another substitute Johnson to complete the rout after a sweeping move, and with City to face bottom-of-the-table Wolves before they play Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on 30 April, their confidence could by then be sky high.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert: "I think for 70-odd minutes we were well in the game. At 2-1 we looked really good and in the second half we played really well but if you're losing four goals in that space of time it was poor from our point of view. The effort was there in abundance, as it always is, but maybe the scoreline was severe.

"You can't legislate for losing three goals in seven minutes, and we'll learn from it. You take your medicine and you bounce back. Their strike force is incredible, the first two goals were world class. [Our] team have done brilliant, I can't be too harsh on them."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 R Martin
  • 03 Drury
  • 22 Ward
  • 33 R Bennett Booked
  • 04 Johnson (Hoolahan - 46' )
  • 12 Pilkington (Surman - 46' )
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 24 Howson
  • 09 Holt
  • 21 Wilbraham (Morison - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Steer
  • 25 Naughton
  • 11 Surman
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 15 Fox
  • 05 Morison
  • 10 Jackson

Man City

  • 25 Hart
  • 04 Kompany
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 06 Lescott
  • 22 Clichy
  • 18 Barry
  • 19 Nasri Booked (Y Toure - 63' )
  • 21 Silva (Johnson - 75' )
  • 34 De Jong
  • 16 Aguero
  • 32 Tevez Booked (Richards - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 02 Richards
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 07 Milner
  • 11 Johnson
  • 42 Y Toure
  • 10 Dzeko
Ref: Foy
Att: 26,812

Match Stats

Shots

16 22

On target

8 17

Corners

3 5

Fouls

10 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:56

Cross by Elliott Bennett (Norwich), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

90:00 +2:06

Cross by Sergio Aguero (Man City), resulting in open play. Cross by Gael Clichy (Man City),

90:00 +2:04

Assist (cross) by Gael Clichy (Man City) from left side of penalty area.

90:00 +2:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Johnson - Norwich 1 - 6 Man City goal by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 1-6 Man City.

90:00 +1:45

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), comfortable save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

90:00 +1:25

Micah Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bennett.

90:00 +1:02

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

90:00 +0:27

Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards),

89:37

Goal kick taken short by John Ruddy (Norwich).

89:23

Shot by Adam Johnson (Man City) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards),

87:27

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

85:46

Foul by Andrew Surman (Norwich) on Nigel De Jong (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from own half, passed.

85:18

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

84:54

Cross by Adam Johnson (Man City), clearance by Ryan Bennett (Norwich).

84:12

Attacking throw-in by Gareth Barry (Man City).

84:00

Shot by Adam Johnson (Man City) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ryan Bennett (Norwich).

82:45

Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

81:28

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), shot by Grant Holt (Norwich) right-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Joe Hart (Man City).

80:19 Substitution

Substitution Man City substitution: Carlos Tevez replaced by Micah Richards (tactical).

79:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Carlos Tevez - Norwich 1 - 5 Man City Goal by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 1-5 Man City.

78:17

Cross by Steve Morison (Norwich), comfortable save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

77:55

Cross by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City), comfortable save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

77:03

Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

75:42

Attacking throw-in by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich).

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Man City substitution: David Silva replaced by Adam Johnson (tactical).

74:07

Assist (pass) by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) from right channel.

74:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Norwich 1 - 4 Man City Goal by Sergio Aguero (Man City) curled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 1-4 Man City.

72:44

Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

72:43

Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) from right side of penalty area.

72:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Carlos Tevez - Norwich 1 - 3 Man City Headed goal by Carlos Tevez (Man City) (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 1-3 Man City.

71:25

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

71:13

Shot by Steve Morison (Norwich) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.

70:33

Carlos Tevez (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

69:55

Attacking throw-in by Andrew Surman (Norwich).

69:43

Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), clearance by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

68:49

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, comfortable save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

68:41

Shot by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (tipped over) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

68:21

Cross by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City), clearance by Andrew Surman (Norwich).

67:59

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

67:22

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

67:22 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: Aaron Wilbraham replaced by Steve Morison (tactical).

67:00

Shot by Aaron Wilbraham (Norwich) curled right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Gareth Barry (Man City).

66:24

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

64:27

Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

64:06

Attacking throw-in by Grant Holt (Norwich).

63:30

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

62:48

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

62:34 Substitution

Substitution Man City substitution: Samir Nasri replaced by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (tactical).

62:00

Foul by Gareth Barry (Man City) on Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich). Free kick curled left-footed by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) from right wing (20 yards), missed right.

61:18

Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Elliott Ward (Norwich).

61:00

Shot by Jonathan Howson (Norwich) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Gareth Barry (Man City).

60:51

Cross by Elliott Bennett (Norwich), clearance by Gareth Barry (Man City).

59:55

Foul by Gael Clichy (Man City) on Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich). Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:30

Shot by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), brilliant save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

58:33

Free kick taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) from left channel, passed.

58:33 Booking

Booking Ryan Bennett (Norwich) booked for unsporting behaviour.

58:27

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) on Carlos Tevez (Man City).

57:50

Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

57:35

Shot by Samir Nasri (Man City) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Joleon Lescott (Man City).

57:11

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by David Silva (Man City).

56:57

Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

54:59

Foul by Andrew Surman (Norwich) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.

54:11

Cross by Andrew Surman (Norwich), header by Elliott Ward (Norwich) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

53:43

Foul by Carlos Tevez (Man City) on Ryan Bennett (Norwich). Free kick taken left-footed by Andrew Surman (Norwich) from right channel, passed.

53:34

Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), clearance by Gareth Barry (Man City).

53:26

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

52:27

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

51:54

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Man City) on Grant Holt (Norwich). Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Drury (Norwich) from left channel, resulting in open play.

51:48

Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

50:55

Assist (cross) by Adam Drury (Norwich) from left wing.

50:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Surman - Norwich 1 - 2 Man City Goal by Andrew Surman (Norwich) volleyed right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 1-2 Man City.

50:43

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), resulting in open play.

50:33

Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), clearance by Gael Clichy (Man City).

50:01

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

49:48

Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), shot by Grant Holt (Norwich) drilled right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

49:15

Sergio Aguero (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Elliott Ward (Norwich) from own half, passed.

48:57

Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

48:38

Cross by Carlos Tevez (Man City), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

47:23

Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

47:18

Cross by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich), clearance by Nigel De Jong (Man City).

46:45

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

46:40

Cross by Carlos Tevez (Man City), resulting in ball out of play.

46:04

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: Anthony Pilkington replaced by Andrew Surman (tactical).

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: Bradley Johnson replaced by Wesley Hoolahan (tactical).

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:41

Cross by Elliott Bennett (Norwich), clearance by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

45:00 +0:59

Attacking throw-in by Jonathan Howson (Norwich).

45:00 +0:19

Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

45:00 +0:05

Cross by Sergio Aguero (Man City), clearance by Ryan Bennett (Norwich).

43:59

Cross by Gareth Barry (Man City), comfortable save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

43:15

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) on David Silva (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Gael Clichy (Man City) from left wing, passed.

42:34

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

42:30

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

42:14 Booking

Booking Samir Nasri (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.

41:51

Cross by David Silva (Man City), clearance by Bradley Johnson (Norwich). Shot by Gael Clichy (Man City) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.

39:09

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) on Carlos Tevez (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from own half, passed.

38:47

Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

38:14

Cross by Gael Clichy (Man City), clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).

38:00

Cross by Gael Clichy (Man City), clearance by Bradley Johnson (Norwich).

37:04

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) on Carlos Tevez (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez (Man City) from right channel, passed.

36:35

Shot by Aaron Wilbraham (Norwich) right-footed from right channel (35 yards), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

36:04

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

35:32

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

34:21

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), shot by Grant Holt (Norwich) drilled right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

33:52

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

33:48

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Gael Clichy (Man City).

31:56

Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

31:07

Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

29:44

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

29:20

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) on Nigel De Jong (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from own half, passed.

28:46

Sergio Aguero produces a curled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Ryan Bennett.

27:41

Cross by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), clearance by Gael Clichy (Man City).

26:33

Assist (pass) by Carlos Tevez (Man City) from left side of penalty area.

26:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Norwich 0 - 2 Man City Goal by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed (top-left of goal) from left channel (18 yards).Norwich 0-2 Man City.

26:12

Cross by Bradley Johnson (Norwich), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

26:05

Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

25:16

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

24:53

Shot by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.

22:30

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to near post, clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).

22:24

Cross by Sergio Aguero (Man City), clearance by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich).

21:12

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

20:39

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) on Carlos Tevez (Man City). Free kick taken left-footed by Gael Clichy (Man City) from own half, passed.

19:41

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Man City) to centre, save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

19:24

Shot by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).

19:00

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

17:45

Assist by David Silva.

17:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Carlos Tevez - Norwich 0 - 1 Man City Goal by Carlos Tevez (Man City) drilled right-footed (low centre of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Norwich 0-1 Man City.

16:37

Sergio Aguero (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Elliott Ward (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

16:07

Defending throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

15:43

Sergio Aguero (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) from own half, passed.

15:13

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

15:06

Cross by Adam Drury (Norwich), resulting in ball out of play.

14:46

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

13:59

Shot by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Nigel De Jong (Man City).

13:52

Attacking throw-in by Adam Drury (Norwich).

13:20

Elliott Bennett takes the outswinging corner, Grant Holt takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

12:54

Shot by Bradley Johnson. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

12:27

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Elliott Bennett (Norwich) to far post, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

12:03

Cross by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City), clearance by Adam Drury (Norwich).

11:38

Foul by Grant Holt (Norwich) on Joleon Lescott (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Nigel De Jong (Man City) from right channel, passed.

10:22

Shot by Elliott Bennett (Norwich) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Joe Hart (Man City).

8:33

Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

8:33 Booking

Booking Carlos Tevez (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.

8:15

Foul by Carlos Tevez (Man City) on Ryan Bennett (Norwich).

7:37

Shot by Jonathan Howson (Norwich) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), blocked by Joleon Lescott (Man City).

7:22

Cross by Jonathan Howson (Norwich), clearance by Vincent Kompany (Man City).

6:56

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) to far post, save (punched) by Joe Hart (Man City).

6:52

Cross by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), clearance by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).

6:26

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

6:12

Shot by Sergio Aguero (Man City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.

5:56

Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

5:38

Shot by David Silva (Man City) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

4:37

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

4:33

Goal kick taken long by Joe Hart (Man City).

4:14

Shot by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) curled right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.

3:40

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by David Silva (Man City) to centre, clearance by Bradley Johnson (Norwich).

3:35

Cross by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City), clearance by Adam Drury (Norwich).

2:13

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) on Pablo Zabaleta (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Hart (Man City) from own half, resulting in open play.

1:01

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

0:25

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

0:06

Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Man City).

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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