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PREMIER LEAGUE: Crouch and Toure provide highlights as Stoke hold Man City

Manchester City's title hopes have taken a slight dent as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke City this evening.

City went level with Manchester United ahead of the reigning champions' home meeting with Fulham on Monday night but it could have been a different story if it wasn't for Stoke's Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnian came up with a handful of saves to deny City, who were desperate for maximum points at the Britannia Stadium, but came up short as Yaya Toure saved the day with a blinding goal.

Prior to the Ivorian's savage strike, Stoke took the lead in the 59th minute when Peter Crouch produced quite possibly the Goal of the Season when he controlled a flick-on with the inside of his right foot before unleashing an unstoppable volley over City keeper Joe Hart's head.

That had the Potteries absolutely rocking and rolling but City, as they did against Chelsea during the week, fought back via a special goal from Toure who let rip from at least 35 yards with his wonder shot taking a slight deflection off Ryan Shawcross and in off Begovic's hands.

That goal allowed City to go equal top of the pile but it will not be the ideal result as title rivals United get set for the Cottagers at Old Trafford with Roberto Mancini left to rue a missed chance with his club in desperate pursuit of the Premiership.

Stoke City: 1 (Peter Crouch 59') Manchester City: 1 (Yaya Toure 76')

Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent - 27,353

Yellow cards:STO - Marc Wilson 65' MANC - Gareth Barry 39', Yaya Toure 90+5'

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Andrew Slevison
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