Manchester City stumbles again on road

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LONDON (AP) -- Manchester City stumbled on the road yet again, needing a late deflected goal by Yaya Toure for a 1-1 tie at Stoke on Saturday that put rival Manchester United in position to open a three-point lead in the Premier League.

Peter Crouch scored for Stoke in the 59th minute after his header was headed back to him by Jermaine Pennant. Crouch flicked the ball up to himself and then volleyed past goalkeeper Joe Hart from about 25 yards. Toure's goal in the 76th hit Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and went past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Manchester City (22-4-4) regained first place on goal difference over United (22-3-4), which has a game in hand and hosts Fulham on Monday. While City is 15-0 in the league at home, it dropped to 7-4-4 on the road. -