Newcastle, who had not played since the 5-1 hammering at Chelsea 18 days ago, knew that a point would move them out of the bottom three at the expense of Sunderland and Norwich. But the Magpies arrived at a cold, wet and windswept Britannia Stadium having scored just seven away goals this season – the lowest total in the entire English league. That miserable statistic did not look like improving, with the visitors – despite a resolute defensive display – barely stretching Potters keeper Butland throughout.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is a Cameroonian footballer who plays for Schalke 04 as a winger. Choupo-Moting joined die Knappen in 2014, but he played for fellow German sides Mainz, Nurnberg and Hamburger in the past as well. He was part of FC St. Pauli during his youth career. The Cameroonian international, who was born in Altona, Hamburg, represented the Indomitable Lions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he made the Cameroon 2014 World Cup squad as well. Choupo-Moting is well for his speed and he often makes life difficult for the opposition defenders. His main position is left wing, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward.
Stoke dominated most of the game, but neither side failed to create clear chances in a low-key first half. Newcastle improved after the break but went behind when Shaqiri’s 20-yard strike flew in past Rob Elliot. Jack Butland superbly saved substitute Seydou Doumbia’s injury-time header as Stoke clinched a third straight win. And, seconds after Doumbia almost levelled, the Potters hit the crossbar through Marko Arnautovic’s stinging shot.