Yaya Toure struck a fine equaliser as Manchester City regained top spot but surrendered two valuable Barclays Premier League points from a 1-1 draw at Stoke.
Toure cancelled out a stunning long-range volley from Peter Crouch with his own powerful strike but the visitors could not find a winner in a hard-fought encounter.
City might argue Stoke could have had a man sent off when Dean Whitehead caught David Silva with his arm but they had a let-off when Pablo Zabaleta cleared off the line.
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