Egypt's Sobhi makes rare start as Stoke lose to Everton

Reuters , Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Mar 2018

Soccer Football - Premier League - Stoke City vs Everton - bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain - March 17, 2018 Everton's Seamus Coleman in action with Stoke City's Ramadan Sobhi Reuters

Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi made his first start under coach Paul Lambert but 10-man Stoke City slumped to a 2-1 defeat by Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Lambert has recently said Sobhi "remains in his thoughts" and the former Ahly man was included in the starting line-up against Everton. 

However, he was replaced in the 72nd minute, making way for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. 

Turkey forward Cenk Tosun struck twice after the break as Everton beat Stoke  in the snowy Midlands to end a miserable run of away form.

Stoke had Charlie Adam sent off before halftime for a foul on Wayne Rooney but defended resolutely to hold the visitors at bay until the 69th minute when Tosun scored from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

When substitute Choupo-Moting poked in Joe Allen's free kick in the 77th minute, injuring himself in the process, it seemed second-bottom Stoke might salvage an important point in the relegation scrap.

But their hopes were crushed when Tosun beat England keeper Jack Butland with a diving header from Theo Walcott's delivery to end a run of five straight league defeats on the road for Everton. Stoke remained three points below the safety zone.

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