Norwich and Stoke share the points

Mame Biram Diouf opened the scoring for Stoke by heading home Xherdan Shaqiri's free kick before Russell Martin grabbed an equaliser for Norwich in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

  • Norwich 1 – 1 Stoke City
  • Diouf opens the scoring for Stoke
  • Shaqiri provides an assist on his debut
  • Martin equalises for the Canaries

Match Summary

An impressive debut for Xherdan Shaqiri included an assist for the opening goal when he curled in a free-kick from wide right that allowed Mame Biram Diouf to head home.

Scottish defender Russell Martin equalised in the 28th minute, just moments after having a header saved, but he made no mistake on the second attempt with a first-time finish past Jack Butland.

Norwich had a flurry of chances early in the second half that they couldn't put away, and Stoke survived thanks to the impressive Butland.

Full Report

Xherdan Shaqiri didn't take long to make his impression for the Potters, as his superb free-kick from the right flank provided the assist for Diouf to head in the opening goal with 10 minutes on the clock.

Norwich responded well to going behind, and had the scores level through Russell Martin in the 28th minute. The defender had just seen his effort saved by Jack Butland, but moments later he was on hand to receive Nathan Redmond's assist and finish through the goalkeepers legs. Clearly the earlier water break had refreshed the big Scot.

Shaqiri continued to make an impression for the Potters with skilful dribbling and some neat passes, and also linked up well with Glen Johnson on the right flank.

Stoke then had a goal disallowed after Ruddy's poor goal-kick went straight to Marco van Ginkel, who played in Mame Diouf, but the Senegalese forward was well offside when he stuck the ball in the net for a second time.

Martin then got a yellow card to add to his goal on the stroke of half-time, as the teams went in with scores level at 1-1.

Norwich had a number of wasted opportunities early in the second half. Jerome missed the target having been put through on goal by Howson, Hoolahan headed wide when Brady's cross had found him unmarked in the box, and Dorrans had a low drive saved by Butland's fingertips and onto the post all within the space of a few minutes.

The Norwich pressure continued as the Canaries flooded forward looking to take advantage of their momentum, but they almost went behind when Shaqiri counter-attacked looking for a debut goal, but curled his effort just off-target.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes then decided to intervene and hauled off Ibrahim Afellay and Marko Arnautovic to be replaced by Joselu and Stephen Ireland, the latter of whom looked dangerous in the closing stages.

Butland was needed to save Stoke on numerous occasions as the game ticked on. He pulled off a lovely save to keep Redmond's effort out with just less than an hour played  before blocking Jerome's overhead kick late on.

Both teams had one last chance to win it late on. Joselu ballooned his effort over the bar for Stoke before Bradley Johnson did the same at the other end, but neither chance went in and they had to share the spoils.

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