Stoke City Surprise Manchester City

Stoke City pulled off a shock 1-0 win at English Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.  The home side had a chance to take the lead in the opening stages of the game as Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri played the one on ones but Ryan Shawcross stood firm in Stoke’s defence to block them.  The hosts continued to press for a goal but their attempts resulted in numerous corner-kicks inside ten minutes to the game.

The visitors would eventually get their chance on 15 minutes when some horrendous defending from Fernando saw the ball fall to Victor Moses but Bacary Sagna defended well to stop him.  In the 20th minute Stoke had their penalty appeal denied when Mame Biram Diouf was brought down in the box by Aleksandar Kolarov but the referee waved play on.  The Potters continued to frustrate the home side as their midfield was controlling almost the entire fifteen minutes before the half-time.

In the second stanza Stoke made their intentions clear when they brought on Peter Odemwingie for Jonathan Walters to strengthen their attack.  The decisive goal would eventually come two minutes before the hour mark courtesy of Diouf after the former Manchester United man took on City players in his own half before he scored.  Aguero and co tried to get a goal to level matters but a well congested Stoke defence denied them on many occasions in the closing stages of the match as Mark Hughes and his men left Manchester with all three points.