Cenk Tosun double gives Everton FC win over 10-man Stoke City in Premier League
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Cenk Tosun double gives Everton FC win over 10-man Stoke City in Premier League

Two-goals in second half by Turkish striker Cenk Tosun gave Everton FC a 2-1 win over struggling Stoke City and plunged their Premier League future in doubt.

football Updated: Mar 17, 2018 23:00 IST
Agencies, London
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Cenk Tosun (left) scored his first brace for Everton FC in their win over struggling Stoke City on Saturday.(Action Images via Reuters)

Turkey forward Cenk Tosun struck twice after the break as Everton beat 10-man Stoke City 2-1 in the snowy Midlands to end a miserable run of away form in the Premier League on Saturday.

Stoke had Charlie Adam sent off before halftime for a foul on Wayne Rooney but defended resolutely to hold the visitors at bay until the 69th minute when Tosun scored from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

When substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting poked in Joe Allen’s free kick in the 77th minute, injuring himself in the process, it seemed second-bottom Stoke might salvage an important point in the relegation scrap.

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But their hopes were crushed when Tosun beat England keeper Jack Butland with a diving header from Theo Walcott’s delivery to end a run of five straight league defeats on the road for Everton. Stoke remained three points below the safety zone.

Bournemouth rally to beat West Bromwich Albion

Long-range goals from Jordan Ibe and Junior Stanislas helped Bournemouth grind out a comeback 2-1 home win over the Premier League’s bottom team West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The visitors dominated the first half as Salomon Rondon twice came close before he headed a Kieran Gibbs cross into the path of strike partner Jay Rodriguez, who turned sharply and blasted the ball past keeper Asmir Begovic from close range four minutes after halftime.

The home side, who lacked any spark or creativity for most of the match, levelled out of the blue as Ibe’s tame-looking shot from 25 metres in the 77th minute bounced in front of goalkeeper Ben Foster.

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But there was nothing Foster could do about the 89th-minute Bournemouth winner as Stanislas curled in a delightful free kick from 25 metres, handing West Brom a record-equalling seventh successive league defeat.

Crystal palace beat Huddersfield Town

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace ended a seven-game winless run and moved out of the relegation zone after an accomplished 2-0 win at fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Palace were full value for the victory having taken the lead in the 23rd minute through James Tomkins before skipper Luka Milivojevic’s 68th-minute penalty secured the win.

The victory moved Palace up to 16th place, on 30 points, a point behind Huddersfield, who are 15th, and with bottom pair Stoke and West Brom losing, it was the perfect day for Hodgson and his team.

For David Wagner’s Huddersfield it was, however, a worrying result ahead of two more relegation six pointers at Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion.

The return of Wilfried Zaha to the Palace starting line-up after over a month out with injury not surprisingly had a positive impact.

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Without Zaha Palace had slipped back into the relegation zone, losing their last four games.

Indeed, such is Zaha’s influence that throughout the campaign Palace have not won any of the nine matches he has missed and Hodgson will be hoping the knock that forced him off late in the game is not serious.

The visitors posed the greater threat in the first half with Zaha lively on the left flank, Christian Benteke dominant down the middle and Andros Townsend inventive on the right.

The lead came from a corner from early substitute Yohan Cabaye with Huddersfield’s defence failing to clear and Tomkins poking home at the second attempt.

Huddersfield were posing little threat with lone striker Steve Mounie getting little support while Palace’s defence looked solid with Mamadou Sakho impressive.

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Palace felt, with some justification, that they should have had a penalty in the 55th minute when Benteke went down as Mathias Zanka pulled on his arm but referee Mike Dean waved away the appeals.

Tomkins went close to another goal but Mounie cleared his effort off the line as Palace pushed forward.

The second came, with an air of inevitability, when Zanka’s lunging challenge brought down Townsend inside the area and Milivojevic confidently drove home the penalty.

It took a fine save from Huddersfield keeper Jonas Loessl to keep out a well-crafted effort from Cabaye as Palace, brimming with confidence, stayed on the front foot on a day which may turn out to be crucial in their bid for top-flight survival.

First Published: Mar 17, 2018 22:58 IST