STOKE, England — Stoke striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to score an 85th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory over former club Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Crouch poked in from close range for a goal that will have come as a relief for the player he replaced, Saido Berahino, who had a penalty saved to stop Stoke from going 2-0 ahead.
Virgil van Dijk conceded the penalty in his first starting appearance of the season for Southampton, which denied the center back a move to Liverpool this summer. His last start was in January because of a foot injury that brought an early end to his campaign last season.
Mame Diouf put Stoke ahead in the 40th with a header, before Maya Yoshida made Stoke pay for Berahino’s missed penalty by equalizing in the 75th.
It was a second win of the season for Stoke, which was without Jese Rodriguez through compassionate leave.