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Everton 3-4 Stoke City

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Xherdan Shaqrir scores
Xherdan Shaqiri's second goal was a glorious finish

Xherdan Shaqiri scored one of the goals of the season as Stoke earned a thrilling win at Everton through Marko Arnautovic's injury-time penalty.

The Potters led through Shaqiri early on and after Romelu Lukaku levelled from eight yards, the Swiss looped a stunning half-volley over Tim Howard.

Lukaku struck again after the break and Gerard Deulofeu tapped Everton ahead.

But Joselu volleyed his first Premier League goal and Arnautovic won it after being brought down by John Stones.

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Shaqiri underlines the wow factor

Arnautovic - impressive himself throughout - will be deemed the match winner, but Shaqiri's strike will capture copious column inches in the aftermath of a win which moves Stoke two places above Everton and into ninth.

An ex-Inter Milan and Bayern Munich forward, summer-signing Shaqiri perhaps symbolises the ambition Mark Hughes' side now have and his first goals for the club will raise hopes of many more to come.

John Hartson praises Xherdan Shaqiri's goal
John Hartson was full of praise for Shaqiri's goal on Final Score and you can watch the strike on Match of the Day tonight

Stoke kept eight clean sheets in the 11 league games leading up to this win and although their frugal side went missing at Goodison Park, flair at the other end was on show throughout.

Shaqiri's first from six yards saw the combination of Bojan and Arnautovic craft a sublime team goal, while his second - from a wonderful Bojan pass - saw him reach for the ball and clip it over Tim Howard and into the top corner from 18 yards.

"That is the best goal I have seen this season," said Final Score pundit Garth Crooks. "He knew exactly what he was doing, it is absolutely sublime."

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Former England captain Alan Shearer and ex-Wales midfielder Robbie Savage had differing views on Shaqiri's goal

Stoke punish in a way Everton could not

Everton had lost just once in eight league games before kick-off but with no back-to-back wins in the league this season, their fans could be forgiven for wishing their side packed the killer punch Stoke mustered on Merseyside.

Xherdan Shaqiri scores
Xherdan Shaqiri's opener underlined the teamwork Stoke showed throughout, with Marko Arnautovic unselfishly teeing him up

Hughes made no changes to his squad despite a 48-hour turnaround from Saturday's win over Manchester United but the likes of Ibrahim Afellay and Glenn Whelan delivered displays of note, both completing 95% of their passes.

It briefly appeared that substituting Bojan moments before Lukaku pulled a long ball down to fire Everton level at 2-2 would prove key, but after falling behind, Stoke's fresh legs earned their manager a fifth league win in eight games.

Arnautovic delivered a telling cross for substitute Joselu to smash a smart volley home and picked himself up to slam a penalty down the middle despite slipping before making contact.

It was a fitting reward as no Stoke player completed more sprints than the Austrian's 54 in the game and although Shaqiri's brilliance will overshadow such work ethic, the Potters admirably married graft with quality.

Home failure again for Toffees

John Stones fouls Marko Arnautovic
John Stones conceded the crucial penalty and Everton have now conceded 12 goals in six league games

Everton's industry and spirit are tough to question after they fought back to lead late on but they will rue the chance to close out the victory having led with just 10 minutes to spare.

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Penalty award a big mistake - Martinez

There may be some contention around the winning penalty - referee Mark Clattenburg took an age to point to the spot - but even allowing Stoke back into the game having fought so hard to earn a lead was sloppy.

In all, Everton had 15 shots and as many crosses but the end result smacks of the inconsistency which continues to hamper their hopes of a push for a top-four spot.

At the halfway stage of the campaign, they are five points worse off than they were at the same point last season and the gap to Manchester City in fourth is now nine points.

Will Roberto Martinez regret making four changes to the side which won at Newcastle on Boxing Day? His introduction of James McCarthy into the side after a month out injured backfired as the midfielder limped off early on.

In Lukaku, they now boast the Premier League's joint top scorer with Jamie Vardy on 15, but three wins from 10 home matches this season is a damning statistic they must improve quickly if their final league position is to match their ambitions.

Man of the match - Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri scores
Xherdan Shaqiri's second goal of the game will stand out but his lively start also established Stoke's first-half momentum

Manager reaction

Everton manager Roberto Martinez on Stoke's penalty: "Looking at the replay it shows John Stones touches the ball. That decision is hard to take. To get a decision wrong like that so late in the game makes you feel furious and is unacceptable."

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Peter Crouch watched on as Stoke named an unchanged 18 from their win over Manchester United

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "The only thing lacking up until today for Shaqiri was goals - performances had been fine - but now he has added that. He has that quality - it's his first mark in terms of goals and I'm sure there will be more to come. It was end to end and I thought both sides came out with great credit."

The stats you need to know

  • Everton scored with all three of their shots on target.
  • The Toffees have not won at home since 21 November, a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
  • Stoke have conceded 19 goals this season, only four sides have leaked less.
  • Stoke are four points better off than at the halfway stage last season.

Up next

Stoke can make it three wins from three if they win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday while Everton host Tottenham 24 hours later.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 5StonesBooked at 90mins
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 32Galloway
  • 20Barkley
  • 18Barry
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forCleverleyat 26'minutesSubstituted forNaismithat 65'minutes
  • 19DeulofeuBooked at 40mins
  • 10Lukaku
  • 9Koné


  • 1Robles
  • 3Baines
  • 4Gibson
  • 14Naismith
  • 15Cleverley
  • 17Besic
  • 21Osman


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8Johnson
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26WollscheidBooked at 23mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 20CameronSubstituted forWaltersat 78'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forVan Ginkelat 87'minutes
  • 14Afellay
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 27BojanSubstituted forJoseluat 64'minutes


  • 11Joselu
  • 12Wilson
  • 15Van Ginkel
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Walters
  • 29Haugaard
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 3, Stoke City 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 3, Stoke City 4.

  3. Post update

    Brendan Galloway (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joselu (Stoke City).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 3, Stoke City 4. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  6. Booking

    John Stones (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by John Stones (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    John Stones (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City).

  12. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Ibrahim Afellay tries a through ball, but Ryan Shawcross is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by John Stones (Everton).

  14. Post update

    Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Marco Van Ginkel replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Ibrahim Afellay tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Seamus Coleman is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Joselu (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Philipp Wollscheid.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 3, Stoke City 3. Joselu (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal.