the republic logo

Diouf scores solo goal as Stoke stuns Man City 1-0 in Premier League

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

MANCHESTER, England — Mame Diouf scored a spectacular solo goal to give Stoke a surprising 1-0 win over defending champion Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Diouf received the ball on the edge of his own area and ran the length of the pitch in the 58th minute before slotting a low shot between the legs of Joe Hart, which the England goalkeeper arguably should have kept out.

It was Stoke's first win of the season and it's first top-flight away victory over City since 1980. It also gave Mark Hughes a memorable victory against his former club, while dealing City its first setback of the campaign after opening with two wins.

Sergio Aguero started for the first time of the season but City's normally potent attack struggled to create chances against a disciplined Stoke defense.

City produced its best attack of the first half just before the break when Aguero's backheel fed Aleksandar Kolarov and his cross was clipped against the woodwork by Yaya Toure.

Samir Nasri went close to opening the scoring soon after the restart but Phil Bardsley made a timely intervention to deflect his effort narrowly wide.

PHOTO: Stoke City's Marc Wilson, left, and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Cameron, PA Wire)     UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES   -   NO ARCHIVES
Stoke City's Marc Wilson, left, and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Cameron, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

Stoke was not rattled, however, and took the lead in exhilarating fashion just before the hour as Diouf started a breakaway from well inside his own half.

His touched the ball past Kolarov, outpaced Fernandinho to reach the area and then slid a cool shot through Hart's legs.

It nearly got worse for City immediately as Peter Odemwingie robbed Martin Demichelis and whipped in a dangerous cross, but Diouf was inches away from connecting.

Odemwingie had only entered the action at half-time but it proved his last involvement and he was carried off on a stretcher after 65 minutes.

City started to show some urgency and Aguero appealed for a penalty after dribbling into the box and seeing his shot take a deflection which caught Marc Wilson on the hand.

Toure powered forward again only to see a strong drive deflected wide.

Toure then went down in the area three minutes from time as Erik Pieters challenged, but was booked for diving.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.