Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City
Last Updated: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:39
A deflected Yaya Toure goal spared Manchester City's blushes as they scraped a draw against Stoke to further dent their title hopes.
The home side took the lead just before the hour mark when Peter Crouch flicked on a long ball to Jermaine Pennant. He nodded it back to Crouch, who took a touch and then fired home a stunning volley on the angle from 25-yards.
Toure rifled home an equaliser with 14 minutes left to play. The midfielder's 35-yard strike was well hit, but had Ryan Shawcross not touched it with his head, Amir Begovic would have saved.
Stoke's opener was somewhat against the run of play, but despite Manchester City dominating possession for large spells, they failed to test the home side's defence thoroughly enough.
Indeed, it was the home side who went closest in the first half with Pablo Zabaleta doing well to clear a Shawcross effort off the line, following Matthew Etherington's corner.
The visitors created few chances of their own and when they did their strikers were wasteful. Most notably Edin Dzeko should have done better when Samir Nasri whipped a cross right on to his head.
The introduction of Carlos Tevez with 16 minutes to play did little to improve matters and it was Stoke who looked more likely to grab a winner, but for all their pushing they just couldn't find a way through.