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Hull City 0-0 Stoke City: Uninspiring match sees either side fail to make impact (video)

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On paper, it would appear coming into the match that Hull City vs. Stoke City wouldn’t produce much to keep viewers interested.

On paper, you’d be right.

A forgettable match came and went with little action as both sides claimed an undeserved point from KC Stadium.

The first 20 minutes didn’t see many chances, although Hull appeared to be on top initially.

Defender Curtis Davies saw the first real opportunity in front of goal in the 25th minute, receiving a free kick into the box from Tom Huddlestone but putting the free header wide.

Hull began to assert their dominance in the possession battle, but failed to unlock the back end of the visiting midfield or the defense to put another good attempt on net.

Stoke finally managed their first attack in the 38th minute, when Stephen Ireland chipped through Ryan Shawcross on the wing, but his cross was too far in front of Peter Crouch.

The halftime break came without any real life to the match.

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Stephen Ireland had the best chance of the game, but his goal was ruled out thanks to a tight offside decision.

Unfortunately it was more of the same in the second half. Stoke at least found their footing, attempting to build through their crowded midfield, but they were poor in the final third.

Credit goes to the defensive lines, as we had to wait until the 61st minute for the first defensive mistake. Maynor Figueroa made a mess of a pass, and gifted Oussama Assaidi a break.

Assaidi was closed well by Alex Bruce however, and he failed to get a clean shot off.

Finally in the 70th minute, something happened in the match, but it was wiped clean thanks to the linesman.

Geoff Cameron worked the ball down the touchline, and he teed up Marko Arnautovic who sent in a wonderful cross.  It found Peter Crouch who lashed at goal first-touch, and his shot was well saved by Allan McGregor.  The rebound came to Ireland who touched into the empty net but the linesman correctly ruled him out on a tight decision.

Another great ball from Stoke City came in minutes later from Erik Peters, and Crouch went for the header but McGregor came out strong and clattered Crouch to collect.

Stoke continued to put things together, and Crouch got another great feed in the 75th minute from Ireland off advantage play, but McGregor was there again to dive and deny the striker.

The point puts Hull level with Swansea and Manchester United in the table, a sentence which could be good enough to get one institutionalized in the beginning of the season.

Stoke remain just one behind Hull City, alone with 18 points in 13th place.

LINEUPS:

Hull City – McGregor; Chester, Bruce (Brady 67′), Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Meyler (Rosenoir 78′), Huddlestone, Livermore, Sagbo; Graham (Boyd 82′).

Stoke City Begovic; Muniesa (Pieters 66′), Whelan (Palacios 78′), Cameron, Wilson; N’Zonzi, Shawcross, Arnautovic (Adam 90′), Assaidi, Ireland; Crouch.

Follow Live: Chelsea vs. Liverpool at the Rose Bowl

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is closed down by Nemanja Matic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 11, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Premier League powers Chelsea and Liverpool tangle Wednesday in the Rose Bowl as both clubs prepare for their first full seasons under two coaches.

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Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic start for Liverpool, while Chelsea has a lot of familiar names in the fold for the International Champions Cup match.

Liverpool: Karius, Randall, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Grujic, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.

Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Aina; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Moses. Subs:

Borja goal leads Atletico Nacional to Copa Libertadores title (video)

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Get into space and good things will happen.

That’s how Miguel Borja scored the goal that gave Atletico Nacional an edge that would stand up in the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday in Medellin.

Borja’s goal gave Atletico Nacional a 1-0 win over Independiente del Valle in Wednesday’s second leg after a 1-1 first leg in Quito.

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Colombia’s Los Verdolagas hadn’t won a Copa Libertadores title since 1989, and the match was its first final since 1995. It was Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle’s first final.

Atletico Nacional’s Orlando Berrio traded goals with Independiente’s Arturo Mina in the first leg.

Two Newcastle players set for combined $60 million from Barca, Real Madrid?

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Newcastle player Jack Colback (r) celebrates his goal with Ayoze Perez (l) and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on December 28, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United purchased Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez from Toulose and Tenerife for combined fees of approximately $4 million.

They stand to make a whole lot more if Wednesday’s rumors are true.

Multiple reports say Real Madrid is set to bid $40 million to pry French international Sissoko from St. James Park, while Barcelona is ready to spend about $20 million to get Ayoze Perez as the fourth fiddle to its MSN attacking trio.

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Perez, 22, has scored 13 goals in two Premier League seasons with the Magpies after arriving from Segunda Division side Tenerfie in 2014, and was linked to Spurs amongst other locales.

But Barca has had trouble finding a player interested in being its fourth striker. Pedro left for Chelsea before last season, and players like Robin Van Persie and Luciano Vietto were tipped to join Barca earlier this summer.

Sissoko, meanwhile, was a feast or famine player at Newcastle this season but brought his A-game under the bright lights of EURO 2016 this summer. Real is reported to be giving up on Paul Pogba to focus on his French midfield mate.

As for Newcastle, Rafa Benitez probably planned on losing Sisssoko but Perez had worked well in preseason with new signing Dwight Gayle and was expected to be a factor this year. It could send Rafa back to the transfer mill, and he’d sure have some profit to spend.

PSG’s Meunier fires a laser versus Real Madrid in ICC match (video)

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 27:  Thomas Meunier #12 of Paris Saint-Germain F.C is congratulated by Serge Aurier #19 of Paris Saint-Germain F.C after scoring a goal during the first half of the game against Real Madrid C.F. on July 27, 2016 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Thomas Meunier is feeling it this summer.

The 6-foot-4 right back had a tremendous EURO for Belgium, and now is starting hot for Paris Saint-Germain after moving from Club Brugge.

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Facing Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, Meunier scored a pair of first half goals including this absolute laser to beat Kiko Casilla.