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Full back Pieters tidied up to his goalkeeper, on his own penalty spot with a strong wind blowing from behind his goal, and he launched it downfield.
Begovic looked almost embarrassed and, if Stoke's players were not sure how to react, Southampton's looked shell shocked by the freakish goal and it took them a while to regain their composure.
What was more criminal from Southampton's point of view is that they had taken the kick off and given the ball away.
Begovic got the opener after just 13 seconds, with a long kick forward taking one bounce and flying in over Artur Boruc's head, helped by the wind.
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Ryan Shawcross then missed a volley with the goal gaping after Jon Walters' flick on from a corner, while Dejan Lovren headed wide from a corner at the other end.
Save of the match: Boruc made Reebok Question Mid Blue Toe On Feet a great diving save to deny Marko Arnautovic soon after the break.
And Southampton are no strangers to being beaten by a goalkeeper as Mark Crossley scored a late equaliser while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in a 3 3 draw at Hillsborough in December 2006.
Man of the match: James Ward Prowse. Was a constant menace and delivered the goal assist to Jay Rodriguez.
Saints got more into the game and notched an equaliser shortly before half time with Rodriguez heading over Begovic from James Ward Prowse's cross from the right.
Moment of the match: Asmir Begovic's freak opener. The Stoke keeper launched a long ball downfield which took one Saucony Triumph Iso 3
as Stoke and Southampton shared the points with an entertaining 1 1 draw at a windy Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Begovic can lay claim to the joint fourth fastest Premier League goal in history with his first goal, beaten only by Ledley King himself not prolific by any standards and more seasoned goalscorers Alan Shearer and Mark Viduka, and on a par with Dwight Yorke and Chris Sutton.
There must be something about the Britannia Stadium which lends itself to long range goals as Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa scored from two yards inside his own half in December 2009 although that was at the opposite end.
Soon after the break, Marko Arnautovic saw his shot on goal from the right well saved by Boruc.
Stoke substitute Oussama Assaidi skewed a shot wide and Arnautovic's long range effort was fumbled by Boruc in the last 10 minutes as the Potters launched a late fightback.
In the second period Saints had two penalty shouts against Erik Pieters and Shawcross refused as the game ended in a draw.
Missed volleyShawcross could have doubled the lead but missed a volley from close range from a corner, while Lovren headed wide from close range at the far post from a corner at the other end.
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Controversy of the match: Saints had two second half penalty shouts not awarded, the best when the ball hit Ryan Shawcross's hand at the death.
Ward Prowse then curled a free kick on to the top of Begovic's net before an angled shot from Arnautovic was palmed away by Boruc in a rare Potters chance.
Lovren's drag back at a Southampton corner deserved a better finish than him drilling wide but it was indicative of the domination the visitors had.
Southampton's two centre backs Jose Fonte and Lovren both stood aside to allow the ball to bounce five yards outside the box but it immediately seemed to pick up pace and looped over Boruc, on his own penalty spot, and into the net a distance of roughly 98 yards.
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At the other end, Nathaniel Clyne crossed from the right, with the ball striking Pieters on his arm in the box but a spot kick was not awarded.
But Saints dragged themselves level three minutes before half time when Ward Prowse swung a cross to the far post and Rodriguez, while not making the best of contact, headed down and the ball ballooned over Begovic and into the far corner of the net.
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