A second-half double from Robert Huth helped Stoke come from behind to claim a 3-2 win at home to Sunderland.
The Black Cats appeared to be moving to within four points of the Champions League places after Asamoah Gyan's ninth goal of the season put them 2-1 up early in the second half.
But Huth claimed an equaliser seven minutes from time - after John Carew had cancelled out Kieran Richardson's second-minute opener just after the half-hour - and the German then slid home the winner in stoppage time to stun the visitors.
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