Norwich City finished their tour of Austria by beating Russian club Rubin Kazan 2-1.
The Canaries were out in Austria as preparations for their return to the Championship and were set to finish their time out in Sportsplaz, Ilz with a game against one of the biggest teams in Russia, Rubin Kazan. And Norwich will have been very happy to claim a team that has been a regular in European competitions over the last few years.
And Norwich were able to get off to the best possible start when just after one minute when there was a complete breakdown in communication in the Kazan defence and Cameron Jerome was able to take advantage by latching onto Steven Whittaker’s ball and finishing it off well.
And Norwich looked like they could get a second at any moment as they dominated the game in the first half. Good play caused by a great interception by Youssouf Mulumbu led to the ball being played into the box but Jerome wasn’t able to stretch enough to knock it into the box.
However while Norwich were continuing to press forward, Kazan were able to break on them to equalise. A superb counter saw the Canaries defence floundering and Denis Tkachuk finished the move of at the other end to level the game.
The game was more heated than a usual friendly, perhaps with both teams being frazzled by the high temperature. This led to a physical game, and Michael Turner was one of those punished when he was booked for a very tough aerial challenge on Maksim Kanunnikov. Turner would continue to test the limits of what he could do until he tripped over Tkachuk, and received his second booking and his marching orders.
Interestingly, instead of going down to ten men, the referee allowed Norwich to bring on an 11th man with Louis Ramsey coming on as a replacement for Turner.
And that bit of luck would continue for Norwich as the team started a great passing move with Jerome and Steven Naismith linking well before the latter finished it off in the bottom corner. This would eventually be the winner.
This win will be a massive confidence boost for a side hoping to make a quick return to the Premier League.