To­sun dou­ble sinks Pot­ters

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - LIAM BLACK­BURN

STOKE’S rel­e­ga­tion fears deep­ened as Char­lie Adam was sent off in a vic­tory for Ever­ton where Cenk To­sun scored twice.

Adam’s 30th-minute dis­missal for a studs-up lunge on Wayne Rooney proved costly as To­sun net­ted a brace, the sec­ond an 84th-minute win­ner.

Stoke sub Eric Maxim Choupo-Mot­ing had can­celled out To­sun’s opener, but the Tur­key in­ter­na­tional de­cided the con­test in Ever­ton’s favour.

A half-hearted penalty ap­peal when Sea­mus Cole­man’s cross struck Kostas Stafy­lidis’ arm was the only real mo­ment of note un­til Adam saw red half-an-hour in. Adam lunged in on Rooney with both feet off the ground. The studs on his left boot were show­ing and though he only caught Rooney’s trail­ing leg, ref­eree Martin Atkin­son pro­duced the red card.

Ever­ton went ahead with 21 min­utes left. To­sun ap­peared off­side when ini­tially flick­ing on Yan­nick Bo­lasie’s cross, but the flag stayed down and Jack But­land re­acted to push the ball into the air. From there, sub­sti­tute Do­minic Calvert-Lewin poked to­wards goal and though Stafy­lidis cleared off the line, To­sun was on hand to slam in the re­bound.

The hosts soon drew level. Joe Allen de­liv­ered a tempt­ing free-kick be­tween goal­keeper and de­fence from 25 yards out and Choupo-Mot­ing stretched his right leg to prod the ball in.

He in­jured him­self and was un­able to con­tinue. But the Tur­key in­ter­na­tional re­stored the vis­i­tors’ lead. Cole­man col­lected the ball on the right and he fed Theo Wal­cott, who was al­lowed time to pick out To­sun. The striker stooped to beat Glen John­son to the ball with a header that But­land got a hand to, but he could only push the ball into the cor­ner.

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