Clarke triumphed in the kayak K1 in Rio’s rapids. Down by the riverside on Teesside yesterday, it looked like it was going to be Aitor Karanka’s Boro celebrating a winning return to the Premier League after seven years cast adrift.
Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, on loan from Valencia, marked his return to the English top flight with the opener.
Uruguay playmaker Gaston Ramirez, outstanding for Boro after converting his loan from Southampton last season into a permanent deal, provided the assist for Negredo’s 11th-minute header.
But Shaqiri, who scored a spectacular bicycle kick for Switzerland at Euro 2016, came up with another quality goal, this time a 67th-minute free-kick.
Stoke boss Hughes said: “Shaqiri is a good player and he’s done that throughout his career.