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English Premier League
  • Teemu Pukki (32', 63', 75')
  • Jonjo Shelvey (90'+3')

Pukki hat-trick gives Norwich win over Newcastle

Norwich City's Finland striker Teemu Pukki grabbed a hat-trick, including a thunderous volley, as they beat Newcastle United 3-1 in their first home game back in the Premier League after a three-year absence at a sunny Carrow Road on Saturday.

Last season's Championship top scorer and Player of the Season showed his class as the Canaries handed Newcastle's new manager Steve Bruce his second league defeat of the season on an unhappy return to a club he captained in the mid-1980s.

Norwich, who had dominated the opening exchanges, took the lead just past the half hour when Pukki gave goalkeeper Martin Dubravka no chance with a stunning strike from 15 yards after a cross from Emiliano Buendia was headed out by the defence.

The Finn got his second with a sharp finish after 63 minutes and wrapped up the win with his third in the 75th, before Jonjo Shelvey's late consolation for the visitors, as Daniel Farke's Norwich put an opening 4-1 loss at Liverpool behind them.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 15 +23 43
2 Leicester City 15 +26 35
3 Manchester City 15 +26 32
4 Chelsea 15 +9 29
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 +4 23
6 Manchester United 15 +5 21
7 Crystal Palace 15 -4 21
8 Tottenham Hotspur 15 +2 20
9 Sheffield United 15 +2 19
10 Arsenal 15 -2 19
11 Newcastle United 15 -7 19
12 Burnley 15 -3 18
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -4 18
14 AFC Bournemouth 15 -3 16
15 West Ham United 15 -8 16
16 Aston Villa 15 -2 15
17 Southampton 15 -16 15
18 Everton 15 -11 14
19 Norwich City 15 -16 11
20 Watford 15 -21 8