Sobhi contributes to first Stoke goal in win over Swansea
Egyptian starlet Ramadan Sobhi had a hand in a Stoke goal for the first time as the Potters beat Swansea 3-1, with Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony picking up a brace in the process.
Stoke XI: Grant; Martins Indi; Shawcross; Bardsley; Pieters; Allen; Adam; Whelan; Bony; Arnautovic; Shaqiri.
Swansea XI: Fabianski; Mawson; van der Hoorn; Taylor; Naughton; Sigurdsson; Ki; Fer; Llorente; Routledge; Barrow.
In what almost seemed like destiny, Wilfried Bony scored his first Stoke goal against the club where he made his name in the Premier League following Joe Allen’s ball across the face of the goal, which the Ivorian tapped in.
However, the lead was short lived as Wayne Routledge climbed above Phil Bardsley to head home and make it 1-1 just five minutes after the deadlock was broken.
The goal would spark Swansea into life, however the next clear chance would fall to Charlie Adam, and his shot struck the post.
Midway through the first half, former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri was forced off with injury, which opened the door for Ramadan Sobhi to enter the fray.
Sobhi almost made an early impact, as his intricate pass to Joe Allen paved the way for a through ball to Marko Arnautovic, however after taking the ball around the on-rushing Fabianski, his left footed shot struck the outside of the post.
In the second half, the young Egyptian wide-man finally made the Stoke pressure pay after his clever dribbling created the space for him to knock it across goal, and Alfie Mawson turned the ball into his own net.
Stoke’s advantage was doubled soon later, again via the combo of Allen and Bony. Arnautovic’s clever pass found Allen, and although his initial shot was saved, he managed to cross the ball to Bony who looped his header over Fabianski.
Later in the game, Marko Arnautovic received a yellow card which would mean that he will be suspended for the Potters’ next game, which bodes well for Sobhi’s chances of getting his first start.
Stoke would hold on to win 3-1, in what was their third win on the bounce, while Sobhi picked up his first win in a Stoke shirt.
The win moves Stoke up to 12th place, just three points behind the likes of Manchester United and Watford in the top 8.
Stoke’s next game is away at West Ham in the London Stadium, where Sobhi could potentially come up against fellow North African Sofiane Feghouli.
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