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Stoke 1-1 Southampton

Updated: Saturday, 02 Nov 2013 17:24 | Comments

Stoke 'keeper Asmir Begovic is congratulated by team-mate Ryan Shawcross after scoring
Stoke 'keeper Asmir Begovic is congratulated by team-mate Ryan Shawcross after scoring

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored after just 13 seconds only to have his moment in the limelight spoiled by Southampton's Jay Rodriguez as the sides drew 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium.

The Bosnia international, assisted by a considerable tailwind, hoofed the ball downfield when Saints conceded possession from kick-off and was stunned to see it bounce over opposite number Artur Boruc for his first career goal.

But Rodriguez ruined his career landmark moment with a header just before half-time which ballooned off the turf and over Begovic to seal a 1-1 draw.

Nevertheless, Stoke's goalkeeper can still lay claim to the joint-fourth fastest Premier League goal in history, beaten only by Ledley King and more seasoned goalscorers Alan Shearer and Mark Viduka and on a par with Dwight Yorke and Chris Sutton.

What was more criminal from Southampton's point of view is that they had taken the kick-off and given the ball away.

Full-back Erik Pieters tidied up to his goalkeeper, on his own penalty spot with a strong wind blowing from behind his goal, and he launched it downfield.

Southampton's two centre-backs Morgan Schneiderlin and Dejan Lovren both stood aside to allow the ball to bounce five yards outside the box but it immediately seemed to pick up pace and looped over Artur Boruc, on his own penalty spot, and into the net – a distance of roughly 98 yards.

Begovic ended the match as he started it - in the spotlight - with a brilliant save to deny substitute Gaston Ramirez not knowing the Uruguayan had been flagged offside.

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