- Ndiaye opens scoring
- Diouf assists, then misses big chance
- Barnes levels for Burnley
Neither Burnley not Stoke City will be pleased with a 1-1 draw at the bet365 Stadium on Sunday.
Badou Ndiaye gave Stoke a first half lead en route to a hopeful three points which could help save the side’s Premier League status, but Ashley Barnes‘ fortunate equalizer gave the Clarets a point.
Stoke has 29 points, four behind 17th place Swansea. Burnley sits four points behind Arsenal with one more match played in the race for sixth.
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Stoke led in the 11th minute through a very nice team goal, as Joe Allen found Ndiaye in the middle of the pitch. The midfielder worked a 1-2 with Mame Biram Diouf before sneaking a shot inside a tiny window.
Ashley Barnes bid to level the score when he collected a Kieran Westwood diagonal ball, but his curling effort from the left failed to find the goal.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson curled a free kick over the Stoke wall, and Jack Butland did well to save for a corner.
Diouf flubbed a chance to make it 2-0 when an Ndiaye cross found him alone near the back post.
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Butland made an outstanding save to force a Burnley corner in the 55th minute.
Barnes continued his villainous streak all match, and saw Butland’s slap save bound off his thigh and across the line to level the score in the 62nd minute.
Gudmundsson dragged a stoppage time shot millimeters wide of the far post.