Pulisic Watch: USMNT star rebounds in Chelsea win over Norwich City


Christian Pulisic bounced back from a tricky performance against Sheffield United, assisting Olivier Giroud’s goal in a 1-0 Chelsea win over Norwich City on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.

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Here’s your minute-by-minute breakdown of the USMNT star’s 81 minutes against the Canaries.

3rd minute: A tough first touch in traffic betrays the American, who fights back to poke the ball to Willian and establish Chelsea possession.

19th minute: Pulisic wins a throw-in deep in Norwich territory and is soon on the deck in the box.

28th minute:  The USMNT winger turns a Marcos Alonso pass into the outside of the side netting.

31st minute: Pulisic slides into the box and injures Timm Klose, adding to Norwich City’s center back problems.

36th minute: Wow! Wonderful stuff from the winger, who takes a hard cross out of the air in the box, spinning the ball into position for a vicious shot that Tim Krul pushes off the bar in vintage fashion.

45+3′: Pulisic runs into the left corner and Marcos Alonso slips him through, the American then crossing for Giroud to power home. Pulisic’s fourth Chelsea assist is his second time setting up a Giroud goal this season.

54th minute: Dribbles toward the top of the 18 but sees his through ball cut out.

74th minute: Pulisic had been plenty involved in build-up play and tried for the home run with a cute pass into the 18 that Giroud couldn’t reach.

75th minute: As if on cue, the American charges into the box for a looped pass from Giroud and slaps it toward goal for Krul to push toward Klose for a clearance.

81st minute: Pulisic is replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi, finishing his day with two of three shot attempts on target including a struck crossbar. He had one key pass amongst his 27-of-31 passing and completed both of his long balls while drawing four fouls.