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Stoke City 1-1 Southampton

Asmir Begovic shakes hands with Artur Boruc at the end of Stoke's draw with Southampton

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored a bizarre goal but Jay Rodriguez earned Southampton a deserved point at a windswept Britannia Stadium.

Begovic's long kick forward after just 13 seconds cleared the Southampton defence before bouncing over visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc for the opener.

But Rodriguez headed Saints level before half-time when he met James Ward-Prowse's well-placed cross.

Steven Nzonzi wasted a late chance for Stoke when he fluffed his shot.

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored from 97.5 yards against Southampton after 13 seconds
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored from 97.5 yards against Southampton after 13 seconds

On paper the game had looked destined to be a tight one. Stoke had only conceded four goals in their past six home league games, while Southampton arrived at the Britannia with the best defensive record in the Premier League.

So a goal after 13 seconds played rather against expectations - and nobody could have predicted the bizarre manner of its arrival.

With the strong wind behind him, Begovic - whose first club in England was Saints' bitter rivals Portsmouth - punted a long ball forward from his own area.

The ball looked set to be easily collected by Boruc, but the bounce caught the Southampton goalkeeper out and it cleared him before finding the net.

Begovic looked just as embarrassed as Boruc when his Stoke team-mates raced back to celebrate a goal that narrowly failed to dislodge Spurs defender Ledley King's effort after 10 seconds against Bradford in 2000 as the fastest Premier League goal.

The official distance of the goal was later put at 97.5 yards.

Begovic becomes only the fifth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League

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Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says scoring a goal is a 'cool feeling'

The Potters should have been two ahead soon after but this time it was home defender Ryan Shawcross who was left red faced.

Peter Crouch flicked a corner into the path of Shawcross but the former Manchester United player mis-hit his attempt from the edge of the six-yard box.

With the game being played at a blistering pace, Dejan Lovren came close to pulling Mauricio Pochettino's side level but he headed wide after finding space at a corner.

As the half progressed, the visitors started to find their way in the game and produce the attractive fast-paced football that has served them so well this season.

This time last season Southampton were second from bottom but, 12 months on, they arrived on the back of four wins from five games and an impressive draw at Manchester United the only dropped points in that period.

They got their equaliser just before the break when some neat play gave Ward-Prowse space on the right to send over a looping cross.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes

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Bizarre goals shaped game - Hughes

The ball hung in the air for Rodriguez before the Saints striker cleverly headed into the ground and over Begovic.

After the break, Boruc was in early action again, the Saints keeper having to be alert to deny Mark Arnautovic after the Stoke midfielder lashed an effort goalwards.

Nzonzi then carelessly gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area that Ward-Prowse curled onto the roof of the net as Southampton pushed forward.

The Stoke midfielder also had a late chance of his own before Saints had claims for a penalty turned down when Shawcross appeared to handle the ball in the area.

Pochettino's side had to settle for a point that extends their unbeaten league run to seven games.

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Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 20CameronBooked at 88mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 17Shawcross
  • 4HuthBooked at 80mins
  • 19WaltersBooked at 48mins
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forPalaciosat 45'minutes
  • 25Crouch
  • 32IrelandSubstituted forAssaidiat 65'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 8Palacios
  • 9Jones
  • 12Wilson
  • 16Adam
  • 24Assaidi
  • 26Etherington
  • 29Sørensen

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Clyne
  • 23Shaw
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 6Fonte
  • 5LovrenBooked at 77mins
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 12Wanyama
  • 7Lambert
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forRamírezat 69'minutes
  • 20Lallana

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 8Davis
  • 10Ramírez
  • 18Cork
  • 19Lee
  • 22Chambers
  • 26Hooiveld
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
26,053

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 1, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Southampton 1.
Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Gastón Ramírez is caught offside.
Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.
Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Crouch.
Attempt missed. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Booking

Robert Huth (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Oussama Assaidi.

Booking

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).
Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Jay Rodriguez.
Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Stephen Ireland.
Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).
Attempt blocked. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jose Fonte.
Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.
Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

Booking

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Stoke City 1, Southampton 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Glenn Whelan.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stoke City 1, Southampton 1.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 1, Southampton 1. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a through ball.
goal

As It Stood

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2Chelsea10622820
3Liverpool10622720
4Man City106131719
5Southampton10541719
6Tottenham9612419
7Everton9531418
8Man Utd10523417
9Newcastle10424-214
10Hull10424-214
11West Brom10343013
12Swansea9324111
13Aston Villa10325-311
14West Ham10244010
15Fulham10316-510
16Stoke10235-49
17Cardiff9234-59
18Norwich10226-148
19Sunderland10118-154
20Crystal Palace10109-153
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