Manchester City held to 1-1 draw by Stoke City

Updated: 16 September 2012 12:44 IST

Stoke withstood late pressure to hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday, with Asmir Begovic making a late save and Ryan Shawcross clearing off the line to make sure the defending champion dropped points for the second time this season.

Manchester City held to 1-1 draw by Stoke City
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Stoke withstood late pressure to hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday, with Asmir Begovic making a late save and Ryan Shawcross clearing off the line to make sure the defending champion dropped points for the second time this season.

Peter Crouch gave Stoke the lead when he beat Joe Hart in the 15th minute, but Javi Garcia scored on his debut for City by heading in a cross from Carlos Tevez to level the match in the 35th.

Garcia then almost scored 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.

Stoke brought on former England striker Michael Owen for his debut in the last minute but it was too late for him to make an impression.

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