Stoke City 2-0 Middlesbrough: Potters send Boro into drop zone

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Marko Arnautovic scored a pair of first-half goals as Stoke City cruised to a 2-0 win over relegation-battling Middlesbrough at bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The win gives Stoke 35 points, 13 more than 18th place Boro.

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Marko Arnautovic proved an early handful for George Friend, winning a free kick for Stoke that Boro handled well.

The Smoggies wouldn’t deal with the text Stoke chance well, but were bailed out by keeper Victor Valdes. The visitors were fortunate to be scoreless after 20 minutes.

Friend’s issues with Arnautovic weren’t over, as Stoke’s Austrian attacker worked him well after a long ball from Glenn Whelan. Arnautovic tapped the ball around Friend before forcing Valdes to the turf and slotting home.

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