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Manchester City FC Manuel Pellegrini Stoke City FC

Stoke City 1-0 Manchester City

30 Aug, 2014

Stoke rise to ninth on the table after giving Manchester city a setback to their title defence ambitions. On the 19th minute the Potters appeal for a penalty when Alexander Kolarov appears to foul Mame Diuof, but are turned down. Reges Fenando limps off in the 38th minute and is replaced by Luis Fernandinho. A few minutes later Yaya Toure hits the cross bar from close range and this marks the end of first half. The only goal comes in 58 minutes when Diuof dribbles down the ball to the center of the pitch and into the area sending a low shot to beat Joe Hart. Pellegrini:

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

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