Egypt's Hegazi at fault as West Brom denied by Stoke in Premier League

Reuters and Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Aug 2017

West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazy reacts after a missed chance (Photo: Reuters)

A defensive mix-up cost West Bromwich Albion a third consecutive Premier League victory and a share of top spot as Peter Crouch earned Stoke City a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

A game of few chances looked to be heading West Brom's way after new signing Jay Rodriguez stooped to head them into the lead after 61 minutes -- his first Premier League goal for the club on his home debut.

Ahmed Hegazi was close to making it 2-0 when his header from a Matt Phillips cross was well saved by Jack Butland.

Stoke were given a helping hand in the 77th minute when Hegazi and keeper Ben Foster went for the same ball, leaving Crouch the simple task of heading it into an open goal following a cross from Hegazi's Egypt teammate Ramadan Sobhi.

West Brom had been hoping to win their opening three games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1978, but instead are in fourth place with seven points from three games.

Stoke have four points.

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