Stoke City 1-0 Manchester City


Ten-man Stoke City pulled off an unlikely victory as they beat Manchester City 1-0 in their Premier League encounter on Saturday.


Manchester City were keen to maintain their recent good form and as expected dominated the possession early in the game. Robinho created an early opening for the visitors, easily beating Rory Delap before attempting to chip over Thomas Sorensen but the ball landed on the roof of the net.


Stoke twice went close to breaking the deadlock through Delap's long throws with an unmarked Glenn Whelan heading wide from close range while Ryan Shawcross saw his flick saved easily by keeper Joe Hart.


The hosts received a huge blow in the 36th minute when Delap was shown a straight red for kicking the ball on to Shaun Wright-Phillips after fouling the midfielder. It was a signal for Stoke to retrench their position inside their own half and though Manchester City dominated the possession, they were struggling to break past a stubborn Stoke defense.


Just when it looked as if both the teams will be heading into the break without scoring, Stoke managed an unlikely breakthrough on the stroke of half time when James Beattie headed home Matthew Etherington's cross to score his second goal in three games.


The visitors stepped up the pressure as they desperately searched for an equalizer in the second half and though Robinho, Elano and Micah Richards had decent chances to score, Stoke hung on to claim all three points from the game.


Tags: Stoke City, Manchester City, Rory Delap, Ryan Shawcross, Shaun Wright-Phillips, James Beattie, Matthew Etherington, Micah Richards


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