City held in controversial Stoke draw

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Asmir Begovic made a stunning late save and Ryan Shawcross cleared off the line as Stoke clung on for a controversial 1-1 draw against Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

Peter Crouch gave the hosts an early lead at the Britannia Stadium despite a suspicion of handball but Javi Garcia marked his City debut by equalising before the break with a free header.

Garcia almost snatched a last-minute winner but Begovic pushed his header from a corner onto the post and Shawcross chased back after Edin Dzeko lobbed the goalkeeper in injury time. It meant a fourth consecutive 1-1 draw in this fixture and Stoke's fourth draw of the season.

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