Hull City 1-1 Stoke City: Visitors equalize late against 10-man Hull

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Hull City went down to 10-men inside 15 minutes, but their hard-fought defending earned them a point as Stoke City were only able to draw level with seven minutes remaining in the match.

Nikica Jelavic scored just before the break against the run of play for the home side down a man, and Stoke struggled to finish until they finally grabbed a goal towards the end of the match.

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Early on Hull City maintained good possession, and all Stoke could do was consistently foul during the home side’s build up play.

However, that pressure from Stoke earned them respite early on, not in the form of a goal but instead in a man advantage.

With Stoke all over the Hull players on the ball, James Chester got a horrifically weak back-pass from Jake Livermore, and with Glenn Whelan giving chase, Chester stuck a leg out and chopped down Whelan, a clear last man foul and rightly earning a straight red on 14 minutes.

It was incredibly unlucky for the 25-year-old defender, who will certainly have some postmatch words for his midfield teammates, who hung him out to dry with terrible play under pressure.

Up a man early on, Stoke powered forward and built chances. After a scrum in front of goal, the ball dribbled out to Erik Pieters who blasted a shot over the bar from a tight angle after 24 minutes.

Following the red card, Hull struggled to get the ball out of their own half, but they put together their first attack in a while on 40 minutes and it bore fruit against the run of play.

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Tom Huddlestone blew by new addition Bojan Krkic as he pushed towards the penalty area, and blasted a shot from distance before he reached the 18-yard box.  It was a dangerous low shot, and Asmir Begovic could only touch it wide of the post, but before it reached the end line Nikica Jelavic was there to tap it into the back of the net.

After the halftime break, Stoke continued with much of the possession, but their finishing also continued to be poor.  Their first shot on target of the match came in the 52nd minute when a low shot by Ryan Shawcross off a set-piece was well saved down low by Allan McGregor.

Charlie Adam tried his luck from long range but McGregor tipped over the bar, and as play continued to frustrate Stoke, Diouf couldn’t put his shot on net from close range after a combo play by by Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie.

Crouch had his first go with 10 minutes left in regulation, but after settling a long ball in the box, he couldn’t control his turn-and-shoot volley and it escaped well over the bar.

Stoke pressed and pressed and pressed against 10-man Hull and they finally picked up the equalizer. Phil Bardsley ripped a volley that crashed into the ground and then bounded over McGregor.  The ball came off the post and hit the unsuspecting goalkeeper, and Ryan Shawcross was the man to tap in the rebound.

Hull boss Steve Bruce accosted the referee for not giving a throw in the right way just before the goal, but it was a deserved equalizer for the visitors who had struggled to finish their possession and Hull struggled to defend on the chance.

They will be disappointed to only earn a point, and after a high water mark finish in the club’s Premier League history, they have just a single point in their first two matches.

Hull City, meanwhile, will cherish their point – the fourth of their season – after having lost midweek in the Europa League and with the squad somewhat thinned.

LINEUPS:

Hull City: McGregor; Chester, Davies, McShane, Elmohamady; Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn (Meyler 76′), Ince (Rosenoir 66′), Jelavic (Boyd 81′).

Goals: Jelavic 42

Discipline: Chester (straight red) 14′

Stoke City: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Whelan (Krkic 41′), Sidwell (Adam 65′), Arnautovic (Crouch 55′); Diouf.

Goals: Shawcross 83′

Fan protests spur Fiorentina owners to put club up for sale

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) The owners of two-time Serie A champion Fiorentina have announced they are putting the club up for sale due to fan protests.

A club statement says the ownership is accepting “serious offers only from those who really mean well for the Viola shirt.”

Shoe and leather entrepreneurs Diego and Andrea Della Valle have controlled Fiorentina since 2002, having restarted the club after the previous ownership ended in bankruptcy.

The Della Valles guided the club up from the fourth division back to the top flight but were never fully embraced by the squad’s fans.

After four straight years of finishing in the top five of Serie A, an eighth-place result last month was difficult to accept by the supporters.

Former Fiorentina captain Stefano Pioli was recently appointed to coach the club.

De Boer an exciting hire for “club that can grow further and further”

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Frank De Boer said all the right things in his first interview as Crystal Palace boss, and Eagles fans should puff out their chests at the club’s most impressive hire in a long time.

On the heels of blustery Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, and to a much lesser extent Tony Pulis, De Boer is no shrinking violet.

Yet the Dutchman has set the standards high for his London debut. There’s no talk of “just surviving” or whimpering at the might of the league’s top clubs. De Boer’s ready to do well.

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Appointed Monday, De Boer will take charge of his third club following stints at Ajax and Inter Milan. He won four titles in five season at the Dutch club, but spent just 85 days in that tumultuous seat.

From CPFC.co.uk:

“It’s a club that can grow further and further because English clubs in the Premier League can spend a lot of money, and we can do something well with that. There is the prospect to be a solid Premier League club and this is the most important thing for me right now, not struggle for relegation. If we can do more that would be nice, but we want to be a stable club.”

Palace chairman Steve Parish has taken a solid step in the hiring of De Boer, who becomes just the second Palace boss from outside the British Isles. He’ll have an array of attacking options, but will probably need to look past his current batch of defenders to find players who fit his style.

That said, he’s said he’ll look at his current group first. He’ll love Patrick Van Aanholt and perhaps Jeff Schlupp, but De Boer needs some help at the back. Still, like Mauricio Pellegrino at Saints, this seems like another hire that was worth the wait for a PL fan base.

Still, Palace views itself as a club that can excite, and Allardyce was not the man to set Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up to succeed. In fact, the Eagles have probably been blessed by Allardyce’s retirement, and Parish did not drop the ball when given the opportunity.

Chicharito injury update ahead of Confed Cup semifinals

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KAZAN, Russia (AP) Mexico star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez trained separately from his teammates on Monday because of muscle fatigue, the latest concern for a Mexican team that has been struck by injuries at the Confederations Cup.

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Defender Diego Reyes also didn’t practice with the team in its final training session before traveling to Sochi for Thursday’s semifinal against Germany.

Mexico had already lost defender Carlos Salcedo because of a shoulder injury, while defender Hector Moreno has been a concern with a muscle ailment.

Coach Juan Carlos Osorio is already certain to be without midfielder Andres Guardado because of a yellow card suspension.

Chicharito warmed up with the rest of the group in Monday’s practice session in Kazan but left the field after the players met for a few minutes with coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

When one of Osorio’s assistants asked Chicharito about his condition, the player said he was “fine, not a problem.”

The Bayer Leverkusen forward ran a few laps around the field accompanied by the team’s physical trainer, then underwent a few stretching exercises on the sidelines. He watched the rest of the training session from the bench.

The team said Chicharito’s absence was a precaution.

“He said that he was leaving because he was still a bit tired after the match,” midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos said. “He’s played a lot of matches, a lot of minutes, a lot of practices. He just needs to rest a bit, nothing important.”

Chicharito played the entire game when Mexico came from behind to defeat host Russia 2-1 on Saturday to guarantee its spot in the semifinals of the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event.

He was rested in the 2-1 win over New Zealand, when Osorio rotated his squad because of a concern over injuries. Salcedo sustained his shoulder injury during that game and was forced to be removed from the squad. Reyes was hurt in the game against Russia and remains doubtful for the semifinal. He stayed at the team’s hotel on Monday, undergoing rehab for his muscle injury.

Chicharito scored his only goal of the tournament in the 2-2 opening draw against Portugal last week.

Guardado was shown his second yellow against Russia.

“He is a crucial player for us, very important for the team, one of our captains,” Dos Santos said about Guardado. “But we have other players who can make up for his absence.”

Mexico is trying to win the Confederations Cup for the second time. It won the World Cup warm-up event in 1999.

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VIDEO: Fans of Mexican teams brawl in “friendly game”

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This was clearly not a friendly game.

And that was just in the stands.

A game to benefit the United Soccer Talents Foundation was abandoned at half time as fans took to the pitch and brawled in Santa Ana, California.

The “friendly” game was played between former members of rival clubs Club America and Pumas at Eddie West Field as fans of the Mexico City clubs converged.

At half time those fans fought in the stands and then ran onto the pitch to exchange punches as the widespread brawl lasted for 30 minutes, with local law enforcement then arriving to control the situation.

According to NBC LA, five people have been arrested on suspicion of assault and assault with a deadly weapon.

Click play on the video above to see the ugly scenes play out.