City skipper’s heroic moment proved crucial to victory at Boro

Norwich City skipper Christoph Zimmermann gets a big hug from head coach Daniel Farke, following the

Norwich City skipper Christoph Zimmermann gets a big hug from head coach Daniel Farke, following the Championship leaders' victory at Middlesbrough. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our latest Norwich City player watch kept a close eye on skipper CHRISTOPH ZIMMERMANN as the defender played a crucial role in last night’s victory at Middlesbrough.

Stewart Downing looked like he'd equalised for Boro in the 77th minute with a header Picture: Paul C

Stewart Downing looked like he'd equalised for Boro in the 77th minute with a header Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

9 – Gets a pass to Max Aarons all wrong, straight out of play, to the delight of the home crowd, thumps his chest in frustration.

10 – Cool touch from a Dael Fry clearance, opts not to pass back to Tim Krul and chips to Emi Buendia down the line, who wins a throw.

16 – Puts a bit much on pass-back to Krul, who has to control a bouncing ball but deals with it with Ben Godfrey.

18 – Chased back by Britt Assombalonga but calmly finds Krul and drops wide to receive the ball in space.


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25 – Aarons is cleaned out by George Friend and Zimmermann has to play back to Krul under pressure with play still going on.

32 – Steps up at the right time to prevent Jonny Howson from shooting as Boro push forward and City scramble the danger clear.

Christoph Zimmermann made a heroic goal-line clearance to deny Stewart Downing's header in the 77th

Christoph Zimmermann made a heroic goal-line clearance to deny Stewart Downing's header in the 77th minute Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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38 – Hurried pass from Krul plays him under pressure, puts ball down the right wing out of play with Howson chasing him, trying to find Buendia.

40 – Calmly heads down to Tom Trybull under pressure from Assombalonga as Boro clear a corner.

45 – Poor pass from Trybull in his box misses the big German but Aarons is there to clear.

48 – BOOKED – Trybull desperately tries to halt Assombalonga on the stretch as Boro counter, Zimmermann cleans him out as the striker proves too quick.

57 – All over the back of Assombalonga trying not to foul, caught the wrong side, and Trybull scythes the striker down and is booked. Kenny McLean heads Howson free-kick behind for a corner, Howson swings corner over from the right and Zimmermann with a powerful header clear to start a counter, which ends with Teemu Pukki being brought down.

66 – Played into trouble by Trybull but stays calm and finds Aarons on the right with a fine pass.

Sky Sports named Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann their man of the match at the Riverside

Sky Sports named Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann their man of the match at the Riverside Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

67 – Tries to let the ball run out of play for a throw and has to stay strong under pressure from Jon Obi Mikel, with the ball eventually going out.

73 – Loose touch is seized on by Howson on the edge of the City box, but hooks clear on the slide to survive a nervy moment.

77 – OFF THE LINE – A heroic, goal-saving clearance off the line as substitute Stewart Downing heads a Friend cross from the left beyond Krul but Zimmermann is there to hook clear and deny the hosts an equaliser.

80 – Takes the opportunity to gee up his team-mates as Stiepermann gets some treatment.

90+4 – Hooks a cross from the right clear.

Verdict: A really busy match, against a good team really pushing for a goal. Good use of the ball, determined in all his battles and a memorable goal-line clearance which once again told Boro that City would not crumble.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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