After an offside call nullified a goal for Marko Arnautovic in extra time, he finally scored one that counted in the game’s final moments.
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Very early in the match, it seemed like Stoke City would lose their 4th consecutive game, and very late in the match it looked like the Potters would be robbed of the chance to at least come away with a draw against West Ham United. But Marko Arnautovic would not be denied, and got what he felt he had earned in the waning moments of the tense encounter.
After being easily fooled by a decoy free kick that saw West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell blast a perfect shot into the upper right corner of the goal a mere seven minutes into the match, Stoke failed time after time to make accurate shots, going wide left, wide right, and over the top of the goal on a whopping 18 shots – as well as finding themselves offside on three occasions in regulation.
Trailing 1-0 but with five minutes of extra time available, Stoke’s luck appeared at least momentarily to come back when Mark Arnautovic charged the goal and scored 2′ into injury time. But in a rather questionable call by the sideline official, the goal was waived off as offside – much to the chagrin of Arnautovic who quickly marched over to the official for a challenge and was nearly given the boot from the match.
But in the final minute, Arnautovic got his revenge on the official. A perfectly placed right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner – thanks to an assist by Ryan Shawcross on a headed pass.
And with that goal, there was no time left for West Ham United to even get to the other side of the field, and Stoke City’s month of nightmares finally came to an end – and on the road no less.
Stoke now get to head to Britannia Stadium on a high note for a pair of home games against Southampton and Sunderland.