Stoke denied at death

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Updated: September 15, 2011

Stoke City were denied an opening game win in Ukraine when they conceded an injury time goal to share the points with Dynamo Kiev in Group E of the Europa League.

It is Stoke’s first appearance in the Europa League and they have looked like veterans of the competition after sailing through two rounds of qualifying. Their impressive start to the season seemed to have got even better with what would have been a fantastic three points.

Tony Pulis gave his squad members a run out in Kiev and handed Cameron Jerome a first Stoke appearance. The home side had much of the possession and had the greater opportunities but failed to get past Thomas Sorensen.

Youngster Ryan Shotton has made an impressive impact so far this season and it was he who set up the goal’s opening goal just after the break. His mazy run set up debutant Jerome who cooly converted Shotton’s cross. Kiev continued to penetrate the Stoke goal but failed to find that equaliser.

The game was heading for full time before the home side scored what most would argue as a deserved leveller. Andriy Yarmolenko crossed for Ognjen Vukojević to slot home a 91st minute goal.

It will be a disappointing pill to swallow for Tony Pulis and his men but they probably would have taken a point before the game so a valuable draw to begin the group stages.

Full time in Kiev, Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Stoke City

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