Stoke City return home from Switzerland with a trophy

STOKE City are returning are home from Switzerland with the Uhrencup, after competition favourites Benfica were sensationally hammered 5-1 by BSC Young Boys.

The surprise defeat of the Portuguese side left Stoke top of the table and with the distinction of being the first English team to lift the trophy since Ipswich Town in 1963.

It’s the first time Stoke have won a pre-season tournanment since becoming Isle of Man Trophy winners back in 1992 – ahead of Lou Macari’s side storming to the old Division Two championship.

Stoke signed off their week-long stay on the shores of Lake Geneva with a 4-2 defeat by French champions.

But the Potters had the consolation of at last seeing Saido Berahino open his competitive goalscoring account since joining them from West Brom.

Berahino ended his goal famine s by putting his side ahead in the 10th minute after Gianenelli Imbula’s attempt rebounded off a post.

Monaco hit back to take a 2-1 lead before Mame Biram Diouf equalised, but the French giants responded strongly to run out 4-2 winners.