Ramadan Sobhi plays 90 minutes as Stoke draw with Manchester City
Stoke City XI: Grant; Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Diouf, Cameron, Allen, Ramadan; Berahino, Walters.
Manchester City XI: Caballero, Sagna, Kolarov, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, Navas, De Bruyne, Yaya Touré, Sane, Aguero.
Both sides tried to dominate the midfield area in the early stages of the game, but neither team managed to dominate or create clear-cut chances.
The hosts struggled to create chances and were unable to find a way through the Potters’ defense, who managed to block Manchester City’s attempts. On the other side, Stoke looked more purposeful yet failed to make the most out of their opportunities.
At the 15-minute mark, Sobhi beat Nicolas Otamendi on the left side of the area, but his low-cross in the six-yard box was cleared by Bacary Sagna before Diouf could pounce.
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After a poor first half, Manchester City’s performance slightly improved in the second half especially after David Silva was introduced for Jesus Navas.
Silva went close to breaking the deadlock during the last 15 minutes of the game, as he exchanged a one-two with Fernandinho on the left of the box before drilling a low shot wide.
The hosts kept pushing for the winner during the dying minutes of the game but they lacked accuracy as the game ended in a goalless draw.
Sobhi, who was widely praised following his performance against Middlesbrough, was booked in the last minute for kicking the ball away.
Following the draw, Manchester City moved level on 56 points with second-placed Tottenham, but remained third on goal difference, wasting a chance to close the gap to leaders Chelsea to eight points. Stoke, who will face Chelsea on March 18, remain 9th on 36 points.
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