A late Marko Arnautovic penalty saw Stoke City claim a thrilling 4-3 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Monday.
- Everton 3 Stoke City 4
- Shaqiri bags a brace
- Lukaku also strikes twice
- Deulofeu and Joselu on target
- Arnautovic buries late penalty
Stoke started the match well and went ahead through a combination of their classy forward players, with Xherdan Shaqiri finishing the move with a neat finish before scoring his second with an exceptional, sublime volley over the goalkeeper.
Everton needed Romelu Lukaku to equalise twice with two close-range finishes, the first with a short ball along the ground from James McCarthy, the second a long ball forward taken down on his chest and swept home under pressure.
The Toffees then took the lead when Ross Barkley crossed for Gerard Deulofeu to score, but another young Spaniard was on target at the other end, with Joselu banging in an equaliser before Marko Arnautovic was brought down by John Stones in the closing stages, and got up to fire home the resulting penalty and claim all three points for the Potters.
Stoke struck in the 16th minute after a free-flowing move down the left flank, with the ball moving through their mercurial attackers. Bojan slalomed through a couple of challenges to sweep it to Arnautovic, who played in Xherdan Shaqiri to apply a cool finish past Tim Howard.
Everton were back on level terms soon afterwards when Ross Barkley picked up the ball on the edge of the Stoke penalty box and passed it sideways to James McCarthy, who played a first-time through-pass to the lurking Romelu Lukaku, and the Belgian striker swept home with relative ease.
Halftime was approaching when Shaqiri popped up with a superb second goal. A long ball over the top found him bursting down the right flank, and the Swiss winger needed one touch to deftly volley the ball over the stranded Tim Howard and into the top left corner. It was world-class from the man known as The Alpine Messi.
It took until the 64th minute for Everton and Lukaku to equalise for a second time, and it was another trademark goal from the prolific young forward, who expertly took down a long, cross-field pass from Tom Cleverley on his chest before firing low into the back of the net.
Soon after coming close through Steven Naismith the Toffees went ahead, with Lukaku involved deeper in the move this time to feed Barkley down the left, and the Englishman, in full stride, played a perfect low cross towards the back post, taking goalkeeper and defender out of play and setting up Gerard Deulofeu for a simple finish.
There seemed to be more goals in the game and Stoke found their equaliser through Joselu. The Potters were poking around the Everton box and worked the ball out to Arnautovic, who whipped in a killer cross that Everton struggled to defend, with the ball eventually popping up for the young Spaniard to thump in.
There was one last moment of drama when Arnautovic was brought down in the box by John Stones, and up stepped the Austrian playmaker to smash the penalty home and seal the win for the plucky Potters.