December 2, 2017 / 5:06 PM / a year ago

Soccer-Stoke comeback sends Swansea to bottom of Premier League

* Stoke City beat Swansea 2-1 for their first league win in five games to send Welsh side bottom

* Bony opened scoring with first league goal for Swansea in nearly two years

* Bony’s volley against former club was Swansea’s first league goal in more than seven hours

* Shaqiri equalised on 34 minutes after Allen’s through ball

* Diouf shot Stoke into lead before the interval

* Stoke’s Martins-Indi carried off in second half

* Stoke at Tottenham Hotspur on Dec. 9 when Swansea are home to West Bromwich Albion


Dec 2 (Reuters) - Stoke City produced a stunning first-half comeback to beat Swansea City 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, a result that eased the pressure on manager Mark Hughes and sent the Welsh side to the bottom of the Premier League.

Swansea started brightly, taking the lead with a third-minute volley from Wilfried Bony against his former club. It was Bony’s first strike for Swansea in nearly two years and ended their seven-hour goal drought.

Swansea’s hopes of a first league win at Stoke for 16 years failed to survive the first half as Xherdan Shaqiri, who swooped on a Joe Allen through ball, and a superb back-post volley from Mame Biram Diouf turned around the game in four minutes.

Stoke lost Bruno Martins-Indi, who was carried off strapped to a stretcher after going down under a seemingly innocuous challenge early in the second half. Kevin Wimmer replaced him to shore up the defence as Stoke registered their first win in five games. (Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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