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EVERTON v STOKE RECAP: Shaqiri shines as Potters win 7-goal thriller over Toffees

Stoke City saluted in a dramatic clash with Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Mark Hughes' Potters twice led before falling behind to the Toffees prior to a late revival that enabled them to come away with a 4-3 victory.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored his first goal for the club with a neat finish in the 16th minute after being found by a clever Marko Arnautovic pass before Romelu Lukaku fired Everton level on the turn six minutes later.

Swiss playmaker Shaqiri then added a second with a stunning half-volley from Bojan Krkic's lovely ball on the stroke of half-time prior to Lukaku helping himself to his 15th of the campaign when brilliantly controlling Tom Cleverley's pass with his chest and then coolly converting with his right foot.

The Toffees then went ahead in the 71st minute when Gerard Deulofeu slotted home Ross Barkley's low pass but substitute Joselu opened his Stoke account with a fine angled volley on 80 minutes to tie it up at 3-3.

In a sensational finish, Everton defender John Stones was penalised for bringing down Arnautovic in the area, despite getting a touch on the ball, and the Austrian converted form the spot in injury-time to give his side all three points.

The victory saw Stoke moved into ninth position as Roberto Martinez's Toffees fell from the top to 11th following a second defeat in three outings.


Everton: 3 (Romelu Lukaku 22'/64', Gerard Deulofeu 71')
Stoke City: 4 (Xherdan Shaqiri 16'/45', Joselu 80', Marko Arnautovic (PEN) 90+1')
Goodison Park, Liverpool - 39,340


- What a contest! Were Everton unlucky to lose this one? Should the penalty have been awarded?

- Stoke look so dangerous when Shaqiri, Arnautovic and Bojan are all firing together. Will they make their presence felt in the top half in 2016?


Everton host Tottenham on Sunday as they look to bounce back as Stoke head to West Bromwich Albion with hopes of securing a third straight win.



Everton's Martinez on the annoying manner of the defeat courtesy of referee Mark Clattnburg's questionable call:

"The feeling is extra frustrating today because you cannot understand how such an experienced referee gives that decision right at the end.

"It is such a wrong call. Someone with his experience should understand the game a bit more."

Stoke boss Hughes on the performance of Shaqiri:

“It was only a matter of time that he would score and I think people have seen in recent weeks that he's been getting to grips with his league,

“He has shown a real desire, determination and understanding about what the Premier League is about."

*Thanks to Opta

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