London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Mame Biram Diouf scored his first goal for Stoke City to carry Mark Hughes’ side to a historic 1-0 victory over Premier League defending champion Manchester City Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
Before the win, Stoke failed to pick up a point in any of its previous six trips to Etihad Stadium since returning to the top flight.
However, Stoke ended the home side’s winning start to its title defense courtesy of Diouf’s goal in the 58th minute — Stoke’s first against Man City since September 2012.
The former Manchester United man, who was signed from Hannover, broke away in stunning fashion before beating Fernandinho and Joe Hart to open scoring.
“We’ve done well in games against City since I’ve been at the club. We’ve played them three times home and away and they have only scored once. We know we can frustrate them and make it difficult for them,” Hughes said.
For Manuel Pellegrini’s side, the result represents a blow going into the international break.
“It’s a surprising defeat because we don’t expect to lose against Stoke but these games sometimes happen. We tried from everywhere and really we are not very creative we did not find the space and that is credit to Stoke,” Pellegrini said.
Meanwhile, Swansea City’s flying start to the season continued as wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge propelled the team to a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Dyer tucked the ball home from a narrow angle in the opening two minutes before Routledge grabbed a deserved second in the 24th minute with an astonishing effort from the edge of the penalty area.
West Brom tried to battle their way back into the tie after the break, but Dyer doubled his own tally in the 71st minute to make sure of three points.
With the win, Swansea remained tied for the lead with Chelsea with nine points apiece.
In other matches, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United played to a 3-3 draw; Southampton beat West Ham United, 3-1; Queens Park Rangers beat Sunderland, 1-0; while Burnley and Manchester United settled for a scoreless draw.