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Diouf slays City

Published On 30/08/2014 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Best of the Rest, Europe, Ivory Coast, Latest News, Nigeria, Premier League, Top Stories

Mame Biram Diouf was the hero as Stoke City secured an unlikely 1-0 away victory at Champions Manchester City.

The Senegal international, who signed in the summer from Hannover ’96, was a menacing presence all afternoon and marked a fine performance with a superb solo winner.

The versatile forward drove forward 70 yards before finishing home under England international goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Diouf’s goal gave Stoke their first win of the new Premier League season, and while the three points will be a valuable lift, the fact that the Potters beat the champions on their own stomping ground should provide Mark Hughes’s men with a huge boost.

The former City manager said this to BBC Sport after the match, “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.

“The idea when I came was to be consistently in the top 10 and that’s not easy. If we can be consistently in the top half we can all be congratulated for a job well done.”

The match also saw Victor Moses make his home league debut for the club, while Stoke also introduced Peter Odemwingie on the half-time mark. There was another combative performance by Steve N’Zonzi.

City’s star Yaya Toure continued his underwhelming start to the season by being booked for diving.

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