Robert Huth's first goal of the season gave Stoke a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Although Huth is a defender by trade, the German international has developed a habit of causing havoc from Stoke's set-pieces until this season when he had gone without a goal before his decisive first-half strike sunk the Toffees.
Huth's clever finish condemned Everton to a fourth home defeat this season and lifted Stoke above their opponents into eighth place in the Premier League table.
"This was a real battling performance against a good Everton team," Stoke manager Tony Pulis said.
"It has been a great week for the club. To get six points and to qualify for the latter stages of the Europa League is first class."
Everton manager David Moyes added: "I thought the referee had a poor game. It is not the reason for our loss - far from it because that was down to our inability to make and take chances.
"But there was a lot going on in the box and we got very little of it."
As a tribute to former captain Gary Speed both teams walked out to the Welsh national anthem as opposed to the familiar "Z Cars" theme tune.
Speed's father Roger was among a number of his son's former team-mates invited on to the pitch to join in a minute's applause before kick-off, while mascots wearing the kits of Wales and all the clubs represented by the midfielder joined the group around the centre-circle.
Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov completed miscued an early striker after a flick on by Vellios.
The Russian's next intervention was even more costly for Everton as it led to the opening goal in the 15th minute.
Bilyaletdinov's weak header from Matthew Etherington's corner dropped to Dean Whitehead on the edge of the penalty area and he drilled in a shot which Huth cleverly flicked past Tim Howard from close range.
Shawcross' header just before the interval was tipped over by Howard and even when Everton had a sight of goal Marouane Fellaini nodded Bilyaletdinov's corner wide.
Sorensen collided with Cahill and the Stoke goalkeeper appeared to miss the the ball in the process, but referee Lee Mason awarded a corner rather than a spot-kick.
Sorensen, still feeling the effects of the clash with Cahill, departed on a stretcher moments later leaving Asmir Begovic to see out the remaining 20 minutes.
Six minutes from time John Heitinga missed another Baines cross six yards out as Everton failed to land an equaliser.
Source: AFP Global Edition