West Ham 1-0 Hull City: Wasteful Tigers punished by Hammers

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  • Hull hit woodwork three times
  • Noble’s PK wins it
  • Hammers now on 19 points

West Ham United beat Hull City 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday as Mark Noble‘s second half penalty kick punished a Tigers side who spurned several glorious chances.

Noble’s PK winner arrived late in the second half to seal a second 1-0 home win against relegation rivals in four days.

With the win the Hammers move on to 19 points, while Hull slip to bottom spot for 12 points.

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Early on Hull had an injury scare with goalkeeper David Marshall getting treatment but he stayed on. West Ham did all the pressing early with Dimitri Payet cutting in from the right and his shot was blocked by Andrew Robertson.

Hull then cleared the danger after intense pressure with Dieumerci Mbokani and Jake Livermore combining to set up Robert Snodgrass who had an effort blocked after a fast counter-attack.

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Mbokani then dragged an effort just wide as Hull grew into the game and then the striker latched on to a loose back pass, smashed the ball past Darren Randolph in West Ham’s goal but it bounced off the post.

Randolph then made a great save from Harry Maguire‘s header to keep Hull at bay. The chances kept coming for Hull as Maguire missed another chance and Slaven Bilic couldn’t wait to get into the dressing room at half time with his team way off the pace.

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West Ham played better at the start of the second half (it couldn’t get much worse) with Andy Carroll going close. However, Hull hit the woodwork twice in quick succession.

Noble headed against his own post as he tried to clear and then Andrew Robertson hit a great shot on goal which hit the inside of the post and came back out. Agonizingly close for the Tigers.

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Andre Ayew then had a header cleared off the line and at the other end Sam Clucas ran clear but Cheikhou Kouyate made a great challenge at the last moment.

Maguire then headed towards goal and the ball bounced into the ground and looped towards the net but Edimilson Fernandes cleared off the line. Snodgrass then had an effort deflected by Angelo Ogbonna which looped onto the top of the net.

Almost inevitably West Ham made the most of Hull’s misses with referee Lee Mason awarding the Hammers a penalty kick with Michail Antonio after he went down following a challenge from Tom Huddlestone.

Noble stepped up and scored the penalty kick for his second goal in a week to put the Hammers 1-0 up and late on they could’ve extended the lead with Antonio and Payet spurning chances, with Hull pouring forward but failing to create any more clear cut chances.

Day 9: USMNT tops Group F and more from the U20 World Cup

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Five teams booked their place in the knockout phase at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday, including Tab Ramos and the U.S. after the Americans picked up a valuable point to finish atop Group F.

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USMNT U-20s 1-1 Saudi Arabia

An unbeaten record in group play has Ramos and Co. moving on to the Round of 16, where the U.S. will meet New Zealand. Brooks Lennon inked his name on the scoresheet for the first time at this month’s World Cup just prior to halftime, before Abdulelah Alamri equalized with almost a quarter hour left to play.

Senegal 0-0 Ecuador

A draw was all Senegal needed to ensure it would continue its run at the World Cup, while Ecuador fell short of a final 16 bid after only managing two draws during Group F play.

New Zealand 0-2 France

With nine goals for and none conceded during Group E play, France remains one of the heavy hitters at the conclusion of the group phase. Les Bleus received a strong contribution from Bastia winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who netted twice in the first half.

Honduras 2-0 Vietnam

Honduras scored twice in the final 14 minutes-plus added time but neither nation reaches the Round of 16 with Sunday’s result.

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

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Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.