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Pukki is hat-trick hero as Norwich win first home encounter in Premier League

Teemu Pukki with the match ball after scoring three times at Carrow Road Credit: PA Images

A Teemu Pukki hat-trick got Norwich off the mark at home in the Premier League as they eased past Newcastle in a 3-1 win.

The Canaries started brightly and were rewarded for their intensity when Pukki fired his side into the lead with a powerful volley from inside the box.

Pukki, the Championship's top-scorer last season with 29 goals in 43 matches, added a second in the 63rd minute when he turned and struck into the bottom corner.

And just 12 minutes later the Finland international completed his hat-trick, twisting past the Newcastle defence to score.

It left Pukki the top scorer in the Premier League with four goals to his name, one ahead of both Raheem Sterling and Ashley Barnes, though Manchester City had yet to kick off.

Jonjo Shelvey pulled one back for the visitors in injury time.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke celebrates after the final whistle Credit: PA Images
Pukki scores his second against Newcastle Credit: PA Images

Pukki is the first Norwich player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League since Efan Ekoku against Everton in September 1993.

His efforts drew praise from football pundits.

Norwich fans celebrate their second goal Credit: PA

Hear Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke and goalkeeper Tim Krul's thoughts on Teemu Pukki's hat-trick and the team's overall performance