Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho could not help Manchester City avoid defeat on Saturday as Stoke won 2-0 at a windy Brittania Stadium.
Iheanacho, who has scored three goals in all competitions this season, came on with 33 minutes left in place of the misfiring Wilfried Bony but it was Stoke that looked like adding to their lead.
Marko Arnautovic scored a first half brace off two brilliant Xherdan Shaqiri assists as Manchester City missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
The Potters were ahead inside seven minutes as Shaqiri crossed from the by-line and Arnautovic beat Nicolas Otamendi to the ball and scored.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men tried to find an instant response as Kevin De Bruyne’s fired a side-footed shot towards goal, but was unable to find a way past Stoke keeper Jack Butland.
However, another incisive pass from the tricky Shaqiri put Arnautovic one-on-one with Joe Hart, who returned to the starting lin-eup after recovering from injury. The England international was left helpless as the former Inter Milan forward calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
The Austrian continued to torment the Citizens’ backline, which looked to be missing the influence of club captain Vincent Kompany and he almost completed his hat trick as he fired narrowly wide of the target.