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Birmingham City 2-2 Norwich City

Onel Hernandez celebrates getting the second Norwich goal
Onel Hernandez celebrates getting the second Norwich goal

Onel Hernandez scored an injury-time equaliser to earn Norwich a dramatic late draw at Birmingham in their Championship opener.

After a goalless first half, Jacques Maghoma put Blues in front when he latched on to a loose ball following a corner and hammered home.

Hernandez levelled six minutes from time with a left-foot after a fine individual run, but Birmingham thought they had won it when Viv Solomon-Otabor slotted in from six yards in the 89th minute.

But Hernandez grabbed his second of the game deep in stoppage time when he raced into the Birmingham box and fired home to earn the Canaries a point.

Blues' only summer signing, left-back Kristian Pedersen, made his debut and could yet be joined by more arrivals before the transfer window shuts after Garry Monk's side had their transfer embargo lifted on Thursday.

Connal Trueman impressed on his debut in goal for Blues and helped to keep the game level early on when he tipped Jordan Rhodes' close-range header over the bar.

Jota wasted a good opportunity to put Birmingham ahead early in the second period when he was put clear by Che Adams only to fluff his weak shot into the arms of Norwich keeper Tim Krul.

Krul saved again from Adams shortly afterwards and from the resulting corner Maghoma fired Blues in front.

After Hernandez levelled, Solomon-Otabor thought he had won it for the home side when he converted from a ball over the top only for the Norwich winger to fire home a second equaliser.

Birmingham manager Garry Monk told BBC WM: "It's always frustrating when you've got the lead with a minute to go.

"We've got a lot of positives from today, you can see how focused we are, second half we stepped it up really well.

"Overall I think it was a fair result, when you look at the chances both teams had."

Norwich boss Daniel Farke said: "We created a lot of chances and I am a bit disappointed we did not win.

"But a draw in the first away game is not too bad. We can live with that result."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23JotaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 75'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forN'Doyeat 74'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forLubalaat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 17N'Doye
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 30Lubala
  • 40Weaver
  • 45Harding

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 7MarshallBooked at 86mins
  • 31Hanley
  • 15Klose
  • 3HusbandSubstituted forLeitnerat 63'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 22Pukki
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forSrbenyat 75'minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forMcLeanat 64'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 25HernándezBooked at 84mins
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 10Leitner
  • 23McLean
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson
  • 36Cantwell
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
22,677

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home16
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Norwich City 2.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Norwich City 2. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dennis Srbeny.

Ben Marshall (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Beryly Lubala replaces Che Adams.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Norwich City 1. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a set piece situation.

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Booking

Kenny McLean (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Norwich City).

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Norwich City).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Moritz Leitner following a fast break.

Booking

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Norwich City 1. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moritz Leitner with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordan Rhodes.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alexander Tettey.

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheikh N'Doye (Birmingham City).

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Cheikh N'Doye replaces Craig Gardner.

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Hand ball by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Foul by Ben Marshall (Norwich City).

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

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