Norwich City 2 Rubin Kazan 1

PUBLISHED: 13:52 23 July 2016 | UPDATED: 21:47 23 July 2016

Steven Naismith was on target for Norwich City in their final Austrian tour game against Rubin Kazan on Saturday lunchtime. Picture by EXPA Pictures/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith was on target for Norwich City in their final Austrian tour game against Rubin Kazan on Saturday lunchtime. Picture by EXPA Pictures/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City signed off their Austrian tour with a 2-1 win against Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan on Saturday in a feisty friendly marred by Michael Turner's red card.

Turner was dismissed shortly after the break for a second booking in what proved a competitive encounter at the Sportsplatz, Ilz.

City were allowed to introduce youngster Louis Ramsay following Turner’s early exit and Steven Naismith sealed the win after linking superbly with Cameron Jerome, who had notched inside the opening two minutes. Denis Tkachuk equalised for the Tartars in the first half of a proper pre-season work-out for Alex Neil’s side.

Norwich got off to a dream start with 76 seconds on the clock when Jerome cashed in a total breakdown in communication between Aleksandr Filtsov and his centre back to walk Steven Whittaker’s raking punt into an empty net.

City were playing with confidence and purpose with Sergi Canos prominent in the early sparring. City could have doubled their lead when Youssouf Mulumbu broke up a Russian raid and Tony Andreu fed Naismith but Jerome on the stretch was unable to divert his cross seven yards out.

Norwich’s growing ambition proved their undoing in the 15th minute when Rubin punished the Canaries with a razor sharp counter finished coolly by Tkachuk.

The competitive edge was underlined by a booking for Turner who made his intentions clear in a robust aerial challenge on Maksim Kanunnikov. Turner’s central defensive partner Timm Klose had seconds earlier headed Andreu’s deep corner wide after rising above his marker.

Kanunnikov had John Ruddy diving full length to his left prior to a mid-half drinks break but the swinging effort from the edge of the penalty area dropped wide.

The City keeper was pressed into service on the resumption to beat away Rifat Zhemaletdinov’s dig after he glided past Klose.

Turner and Kanunnikov continued their personal duel with first the Norwich defender left on the ground as Klose motioned elbow to the Rubin striker before Kanunnikov then felt the full force of Turner’s retribution in another aerial collision. Ruddy was forced to turn Andreu’s miscued clearing header over his own bar from Gökdeniz Karadeniz’s free kick.

Ruddy stood up to Karadeniz again on the angle with City’s high defensive line showing a degree of vulnerability.

An impromptu stoppage shortly after half-time for an unscheduled burst of water from a sprinkler failed to cool temperatures. Turner was bizarrely sent off for a second booking after upending Tkachuk wide on the right. City faced the prospect of 40 minutes with 10 men in sweltering temperatures but common sense prevailed when Ramsay was introduced shortly after Turner’s exit and Whittaker switched to central defence.

Tkachuk dragged wide of Ruddy’s far post in the 58th minute after a sense of normality had returned to the proceedings in southern Austria.

Norwich edged back in front in the 63rd minute with a quality move that saw Naismith and Jerome exchange passes before the Scot held off Moritz Bauer and drilled a low finish past Filtsov.

Louis Thompson replaced Howson in the aftermath before Neil got one final chance to impart further instructions in another drink break pause in a final passage which tested Norwich’s resolve without the ball although Ruddy was largely well-protected.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, Turner (Ramsay on after red card, 49), Klose, Whittaker, Mulumbu, Howson (Thompson 64), Naismith (Middleton 90), Canos, Andreu, Jerome. Subs (not used): Rudd, Grant, Ashley-Seal.

Booking: Turner (foul Kanunnikov, 21)

• Sending off: Turner (foul on Tkachuk, 47)

• Goals: Jerome (2), Naismith (63)

• Rubin Kazan (starting XI): Filtsov, Bauer, Bergström, Zambrano, Nabiullin, Ruslan Kambolov, Jalilov, Tkachuk, Zhemaletdinov, Kanunnikov, Gökdeniz.

• Goal: Tkachuk (15)

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