Chelsea's Barclays Premier League title defence foundered at the Britannia Stadium where they were given an extensive examination by a Stoke side who were more than worthy of their 1-1 draw.
Jon Walters put the hosts ahead with an eighth-minute breakaway goal only for Didier Drogba to head an equaliser just past the half-hour.
The action became more frenetic in the second half with the Potters hitting the woodwork twice and forcing several good saves from Petr Cech while Drogba was also denied by the crossbar late on.
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