Forward nets in 4-2 loss to French champions...
SAIDO BERAHINO netted his first Stoke City goal on Saturday afternoon as the Potters brought the curtain down on their week-long stay in Switzerland.
The former England U21 ace opened his account for the Club in the tenth minute following an intelligent ball across the penalty area from the impressive Xherdan Shaqiri, before the French champions turned the match on its head prior to the break.
Fabinho capitalised on the referee’s bizarre decision to award the last season’s Champions League Semi-Finalists a penalty, before Allan Saint Maximum gave his side the lead with a well executed finish from 10-yards.
It didn’t take the Potters long to respond however, as Mame Diouf, who had only taken to the field a minute earlier, levelled matters after latching on to Geoff Cameron’s pin-point ball forward and lobbing the ball over Danijel Subasic.
The Senegalese international very nearly added a second goal of the afternoon shortly after, but watched on with frustration as his effort cannoned the inside of the post and rolled back into the thankful ‘keeper’s hands.
Both managers made wholesale changes during the second 45 minutes, as Mark Hughes handed game time to youngsters Tom Edwards, Thibaud Verlinden and Josh Tymon, whilst the likes of Radamal Falcao and highly-rated forward Kylian Mbappe were introduced for Monaco.
The aforementioned pair turned the game drastically in their side’s favour as they linked up to devastating effect to restore their lead, with Falcao tapping home from close range following a flowing passage of play.
Kevin N’Doram added gloss to the scoreline 20 minutes from time after Mbappe’s clever movement inside the penalty area allowed space for the midfielder to break free of his marker and clip the ball past Lee Grant.
Despite the defeat, Hughes was able to take plenty of positives from the fixture, having ensured that all members of the travelling party featured for at least 45 minutes during the training camp on Lake Geneva.