Norwich City opened their pre-season with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Arminia Bielefeld.
The Canaries locked horns with the German side in their first friendly ahead of their highly-anticipated return to the Premier League.
Daniel Farke named a strong team, and as the match progressed, he made numerous changes as he handed several of his first-team and youth players chances to impress.
It was Bielefeld who took the lead against Norwich, however, as midfielder Reinhold Yabo found the back of the net after 31 minutes.
The Canaries bounced back seven minutes later, though, as Dennis Srbeny scored. They were soon 2-1 up, as Josip Drmic opened his account on his debut for the club with a coolly-dispatched penalty.
Bielefeld hit back with an equaliser in the 86th minute as 17-year-old Jomaine Consbruch curled the ball past Tim Krul and into the top corner.
Farke will not be too concerned by the result, as building fitness ahead of a difficult campaign is the priority, but he will be anxious to discover the extent of the injuries suffered by Ben Godfrey and Louis Thompson.
Here are our Norwich player ratings from the 2-2 draw.
Ralf Fahrmann - 7
Fahrmann made a good stop to deny Bielefeld. His passing was crisp, and it was an encouraging debut for the German.
Louis Thompson - N/A
Thompson’s afternoon was cruelly cut short by injury. He will hope to swiftly recover so that he can stake his claim in the first team again soon.
Grant Hanley - 6
Hanley was not especially impressive while in possession. He was, however, strong in the tackle.
Ben Godfrey - N/A
Norwich will be sweating over Godfrey’s condition after he was spotted wearing a protective boot following an injury against Bielefeld. His afternoon, like Thompson, was cut short.
Jamal Lewis - 5
It was an uncomfortable afternoon for Lewis. He was forced to tuck into central defence and did not look at his best. He surrendered possession for the opening goal of the game.
Kenny McLean - 7
McLean looked in good condition and played with energy throughout. He used the ball well and won the penalty, which Drmic duly dispatched.
Moritz Leitner - 6
A quiet afternoon for the German. He was efficient on the ball without being notably impressive.
Patrick Roberts - 6
Roberts was effervescent on his Norwich debut. He had some nice touches but did not get involved as much as he’d have liked.
Dennis Srbeny - 8
Srbeny grabbed his chance with both hands. He was sharp on the turn and netted his goal in excellent fashion.
Emi Buendia - 6
Buendia worked hard but struggled to create much as Bielefeld’s bully-boy tactics nullified him. Such were the robust challenges on the Argentine playmaker, Joan Simun Edmundsson was sent off for a second booking in the first half after fouling the Norwich star.
Josip Drmic - 8
Drmic will be happy with his Norwich bow. He took the penalty confidently, showed composure in possession and pressed from the front well.
Tim Krul – 8: Made a brilliant save early on in the second half, and looked confident throughout.
Marco Stiepermann – 5: Wasteful in the final third, and struggled to make a genuine impact.
Onel Hernandez – 7: Beat his man with regularity and was always attempting to engineer chances for his team.
Philip Heise – 7: Composed in possession. He made some superb, raking, diagonal passes from left to right.
Teemu Pukki – 5: His movement was typically impressive. However, he spurned a glorious chance in front of goal.
Tom Trybull – 6: Silky as ever in possession. The game did, at times, pass him by.
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