Video highlights and photo gallery: FC Augsburg 1 Norwich City 2
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Norwich City capped off their tour of Austria and Germany in style with Youssouf Mulumbu and Lewis Grabban sealing a second half comeback to beat top Bundesliga club FC Augsburg in Prien on Saturday afternoon.
Grabban rifled home in the 89th minute after Mulumbu had cancelled out Piotr Trochowski's 51st minute free kick in an excellent work out for Alex Neil's squad, who will head straight back to Norwich on Saturday evening.
Russell Martin, John Ruddy and Grabban all returned after sitting out the opening tour friendly against Maccabi Haifa in Kufstein, Austria.
Wes Hoolahan was Grabban's chief support flanked by Nathan Redmond and Bradley Johnson, with Alex Tettey and Mulumbu deployed in a screening role.
Cameron Jerome was not involved after damaging his foot in last week's friendly at Cambridge United but the striker was able to watch the action without the protective boot he wore earlier this week. Martin Olsson was another not under consideration as he continues his rehab from early summer shoulder surgery.
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The Germans included Abdul Baba Rahman, the 21-year-old left-back touted with a big-money move to Premier League champions Chelsea.
Francisco da Silva Caiuby headed at Ruddy in the opening minutes after a confident start from the Bavarians.
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Norwich's defensive shape survived the early pressure and Redmond was the trigger for a sustained bout of possession halted when Grabban was adjudged to have drifted offside.
Ruddy conjured a superb one-handed stop to deny Ji after Alexander Esswein had tricked his way past Johnson to poke a goalbound shot eight yards out.
Tettey unleashed an ambitious rising strike that flew well over Marwin Hitz's bar at the opposite end. FC Augsburg were patient in their passing motions, forcing City to remain disciplined and probe on the counter.
Hoolahan rifled a low shot that skidded just past the far post on the wet surface as the rain fell steadily in Prien.
Johnson was clipped at the expense of a Norwich free kick but Jeong-Ho Hong cleared before Seb Bassong's towering header from Redmond's follow up corner slipped well wide.
Johnson was yellow-carded for apparent encroachment at a free kick before Ruddy foiled Caiuby again from an acute angle.
The Germans carved out one final chance prior to the interval when Ji sliced wide on the angle of the six-yard box after another slick incursion.
Trochowski marked his debut with the breakthrough in the 51st minute, whipping a 25-yard free kick past the wall to deceive Ruddy.
Raphael Framberger got the wrong side of Harry Toffolo moments later but Ruddy was secure. Redmond carved a path through the Augsburg defence, but weight of numbers subdued the England Under-21 international.
Neil opted to withdraw the wide player seconds later with Jonny Howson introduced for his second outing of the tour.
Toffolo's overlapping run and low strike tested former Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger who shovelled his shot behind, but City failed to threaten from the corner.
Hoolahan and Steven Whittaker combined down the right to carve out a half-chance for Johnson but Ronny Philp bravely blocked the attempted close range shot.
Bassong then clipped an inviting ball over the top for Grabban to attack in the 71st minute but his swinging left-footed shot veered wide of Manninger's far post.
City's positive spell brought them tangible reward in the 77th minute when Mulumbu finished a fine team move sparked by Bassong before Hoolahan supplied the slip pass for the unmarked midfielder to roll home eight yards out.
Augsburg tried to up the ante again in the closing minutes but Grabban cashed in on the Germans' high defensive line again when he collected Mulumbu's pass to draw Manninger and tuck a cool finish from 10 yards.
• FC Augsburg: Hitz (Manninger 45), Verhaegh (Philp 45), Klavan (Callsen-Bracker 45), Feulner (Kurz 66), Baier (Werner 45), Esswein (Trochowski 45), Baba (Altintop 45), Hong (Framberger 45), Ji (Janker 45), Matavz (Molders 45), Caiuby (Kohr 45). Subs (all used).
• Goal: Trochowski (51)
• Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Toffolo, Tettey, Mulumbu, Redmond (Howson 61), Hoolahan, Johnson, Grabban. Subs (not used): Rudd, Turner, Hooper, van Wolfswinkel, Jacob Murphy, Odjidja.
• Booking: Johnson (encroachment, 27)
• Goals: Mulumbu (77), Grabban (89)