Stoke striker Saido Berahino ends two-and-a-half year goal drought in win vs. Huddersfield

Saido Berahino scored his first goal in over two years on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo

Saido Berahino, once one of the hottest young strikers in English football, ended a two-and-a-half year goal drought on Tuesday to help second-tier Stoke into the third round of the English League Cup at the expense of Premier League club Huddersfield.

Berahino, 25, scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win as he tries to revive a career that has stalled over the last couple of seasons.

He was called up for England in 2014 after showing prolific form for West Bromwich Albion, marking a remarkable rise for someone who fled war-torn Burundi aged 10 after learning to play football by using makeshift balls made from plastic bags and rolled-up socks.

But he quickly lost his way, was sold to Stoke and rarely featured as the team were relegated from the Premier League.

Huddersfield, who have collected just one point from their opening three league games, ended up exiting the competition in farcical fashion with Juninho Bacuna scoring an own-goal from about 40 yards out after volleying the ball over his own goalkeeper.