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Stoke stun champions Man City

Manchester City's title defence suffered its first setback as Mame Biram Diouf's goal gave Stoke a shock 1-0 away win.

It was Stoke's first Premier League win away to a Manchester club and the first time they had kept a clean sheet on their top-flight travels since December, as Mark Hughes enjoyed a memorable day out at his former Etihad Stadium stomping ground.

At the break, the Potters felt aggrieved about referee Lee Mason's failure to give them a penalty on 19 minutes, when Aleksandar Kolarov - one of three changes to the side made by Manuel Pellegrini after the 3-1 win over Liverpool on Monday - appeared to foul Diouf in the box.

Fernando had to limp off injured on 38 minutes, to be replaced by Fernandinho, and then Yaya Toure hit the crossbar from close range in stoppage time.

The only goal of the game arrived on 58 minutes. Picking up the ball after Erik Pieters' clearing header, Diouf dribbled down the centre of the pitch, nutmegged Fernandinho and took the ball on into the area before sliding home a low shot through keeper Joe Hart, who should have done better. That was the former Manchester United striker's first goal for the Potters.

The champions threw on Edin Dzeko and Jesus Navas as they went in hunt of an equaliser, but it was Diouf who soon went close to a second goal as he narrowly failed to connect with sub Peter Odemwingie's right-wing cross.

Sergio Aguero saw an optimistic handball appeal turned down, Peter Crouch headed wide at the other end and Toure was booked for diving after going down in the box after a Pieters challenge.

After the international break, the champions' next match is at Arsenal on Saturday 13 September, when Stoke play host to Leicester.

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