Stoke City fan collapses after Philippe Coutinho's late winner
A Stoke City fan needed resuscitation by Brittania Stadium paramedics after he collapsed following Liverpool star, Philippe Coutinho's, late winner on Sunday evening, report The Mirror.
Stoke City were on the verge of recording a draw just 71 days after thrashing Liverpool 6-1 at the end of last season. However, little Coutinho picked up the ball, turned a few defenders inside out and let one loose past young goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Kath Shawcross, wife of defender Ryan said: "We're hoping to hear some good news on the person who was being attended to by the paramedics behind the dug out today."
Several fans helped the collapsed victim by signalling the area's marshall and other medical officers.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We had a call just before 5.50pm to a male cardiac arrest.
"A community defibrillator was used at the stadium.
"Two ambulances were sent out and he was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. It was a successful resuscitation."
Stoke central midfielder, Charlie Adam, conveyed to the unnamed supporter the best of wishes on behalf of all playing Potters.
One moment of magic and poof!
Mark Hughes' men were only minutes away from securing a point against a new-look Liverpool side but Coutinho turned the match around with one sublime shot.
Brendan Rodgers' men were thrashed at the Brittania in the last game of last season – a match that was incidently Steven Gerrard's last Premier League game for the club – with a final scoreline showing 6-1 to the home side.
"Eleven weeks ago it was embarrassing but I think that puts it to bed," Brendan Rodgers said in a news conference.
"It [the 6-1] was a one-off game, a unique game. But it still happened and you have to be better and more resolute. We were working in preseason making sure our defensive organisation was better.
"Defensively we were strong and then we know we have the quality to win a game. To get a win where we were [beaten] 11 weeks ago, I thought it was an outstanding collective performance."
Mark Hughes meanwhile believed otherwise by saying, "I do not think any team deserved the win, a draw would have been the fair result.
"Liverpool have invested a lot of money this summer but I did not see £80m worth of difference between the teams.
"We are at a good level without going into the transfer market too much.
"We will get stronger and be more creative. In terms of the performance as this is the first day of the season I am quietly confident we can go on from this point."