Bojan penalty gives Stoke victory in tough Boxing Day encounter at Everton in Premier League



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LIVERPOOL, England — Bojan Krkic's first-half penalty steered Stoke to a 1-0 win over Everton in a physical Boxing Day encounter at Goodison Park.

The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute of the Premier League match on Friday when James McCarthy was ruled to have fouled Bojan and the Spanish forward slotted in the resulting penalty.

Steven Naismith had a header cleared off the Potters' line, Kevin Mirallas passed up a decent-looking chance to equalize and Leighton Baines' drive was parried by Asmir Begovic.

The Toffees have now lost three times at home in the league and won only one of their last six top-flight games. Roberto Martinez's team slipped a place to 12th, with Stoke — after only its second victory in seven matches — replacing Everton in 11th.

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