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Football: Manchester City and United drop points as Diouf's solo goal stun champions

Published on Aug 31, 2014 12:14 AM
Stoke City's Peter Crouch (left), Mame Diouf and Steven N'Zonzi (right) celebrate defeating Manchester City in their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England on Aug 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Champions Manchester City suffered a stunning 1-0 home defeat by Stoke City on Saturday as their cast of attacking talents were blunted in a lifeless display that cost them their first dropped points of the season.

Mame Biram Diouf scored a superb individual goal to silence the City fans who have become used to seeing one-sided romps at their Etihad stadium, especially against the Premier League's lesser lights.

It was an equally miserable day for City's rivals Manchester United whose frustrations continued in a 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley with British-record signing Angel Di Maria unable to spark an improvement in their fortunes.

Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid for £59.7 million pounds (S$124 million) on Tuesday, showed flashes of his talent in a 70-minute debut, but United still looked short of attacking ideas, claiming only their second point from their opening three league games.

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