Aug 27, 2017 at 1.30pm UK at ​The Hawthorns
Attendance: 22,704
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
StokeStoke City
Rodriguez (61')
Rodriguez (52'), Rondon (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Crouch (77')
Pieters (33'), Allen (88')

Result: West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City share the points

Stoke City come from behind to draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in Sunday afternoon's Premier League clash at The Hawthorns.

Stoke City came from behind to draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in Sunday afternoon's Premier League clash at The Hawthorns.

Jay Rodriguez's first Premier League goal for West Brom had seen the Baggies lead just past the hour, but Peter Crouch came off the bench to level the scores 13 minutes from time.

Salomon Rondon and James Morrison both came into the West Brom team, but recent arrival Oliver Burke was only on the bench as Rodriguez and Matty Phillips kept their spots in the XI.

As for Stoke, Darren Fletcher captained while Jese Rodriguez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting started in what was an attacking side.

A bright start from West Brom saw Rondon cause problems with his physicality, and Morrison headed just wide of the Stoke post in the fifth minute as the visitors were forced onto the back foot in the early exchanges.

Stoke had a half-chance of their own in the ninth minute when Ryan Shawcross found fellow centre-back Bruno Martins Indi inside the West Brom box, but the summer arrival could only poke his effort wide of the post.

Kurt Zouma was next to come close for the improving visitors in the 24th minute after the centre-back's long-range effort looped towards the West Brom goal, and Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster had to be alert to tip over the crossbar.

Jack Butland was called into action down the other end as he turned a deflected Craig Dawson effort wide of the post 10 minutes before the break, but a fairly drab first 45 minutes at The Hawthorns finished goalless.

It was a similar story at the start of the second period, with the opening 15 minutes of the half passing without incident.

West Brom made the breakthrough in the 61st minute, however, when Rodriguez headed a Allan Nyom cross into the back of the net after beating Stoke's Geoff Cameron to the bounce of the ball.

The hosts should have doubled their lead in the 66th minute when Ahmed Hegazi met a free kick from Chris Brunt, but Butland was on hand to make a smart save, before Rodriguez dropped a header on the top of the crossbar in the 73rd minute.

Stoke levelled the scores in the 77th minute, however, when substitute Crouch headed home from close range after a mix-up in the West Brom box between Hegazi and Foster.

Zouma came close to sending Stoke ahead in the 85th minute with a powerful effort from distance, but the centre-back's strike missed the post, before Choupo-Moting fizzed one just wide two minutes later as the points were shared following a largely uneventful 90 minutes of football.

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