Hull City 0-2 Everton: Toffees cap successful season with easy win (video)

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There’s nothing like having nothing to play for to encourage a side to score. With fifth place secure and no need to fret over dropping points, Everton were free to play their trademark possession game, and while they didn’t exactly wrack up the goals, they were able to take three points comfortably.

Hull, meanwhile, looked as though they had their mind on next week’s FA Cup final for the majority of the match. They’ll end the season in 16th, yet they’ll still be playing in Europe come next year.

Everton took the lead before ten minutes were up and before the host had even had a shot. Steven Naismith’s through ball set free James McCarthy, who sent in a sharp shot. Allan McGregor got a hand to it, but could do nothing to stop it from landing in the back of the let.

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Toffees end superb season on a high.

As might be expected from this game, Everton continued to control the match, but couldn’t quite find the perfect finish. Hull had a decent attempt around the half hour mark, when Nikica Jelavić had his free kick blocked. Maynor Figueroa got on the end of the rebound, but Tim Howard had no trouble keeping out the shot.

The visitors put the game out of reach early in the second half. Romelu Lukaku, whom Everton are no doubt hoping they can persuade to stick around, got on the end of a pass from Leon Osman. The Belgian easily slipped past Paul McShane to knock in the Toffees’ second.

With about ten minutes left to play, Hull finally managed to remember they, too, were participants in the match, and began peppering the goal with shots. The flurry of strikes barely tested Howard, however, and Everton headed home with a clean sheet – and their highest point total ever in the Premier League.

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Hull City: McGregor, Davies, Bruce, McShane (Rosenior 63), Figueroa, Quinn, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Jelavic (Fryatt 54), Aluko (Koren 73)

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McGeady (Deulofeu 69), McCarthy, Barry, Osman (Pienaar 77), Naismith, Lukaku (Traore 90)

Goals: McCarthy 9; Lukaku 46

La Liga roundup: Celta spoil Hazard’s return in Real Madrid draw

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Real Madrid’s draw against relegation-battling Celta Vigo highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.

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Real Madrid 2-2 Celta Vigo 

Celta’s Santi Mina scored in 85th minute to give a depleted Celta Vigo a precious point at the Santiago Bernabeu, spoiling Eden Hazard‘s return to Real Madrid’s lineup after a notable absence.

Madrid’s eighth draw of the season moves champions Barcelona just one point behind Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Returning from ankle injury that kept his out of action for three months, Hazard returned to the pitch in fine style, leading all players on the field in chances created with three and earning a penalty that Sergio Ramos converted to put Real Madrid ahead.

Hazard – and all of his flair – left the field in the 70th minute, granting Vinicius Junior the final 20 minutes of the match.

Ramos’ sixth goal of the season builded on Toni Kroos’ left-footed strike early in the latter half of the match. Real Madrid, more or less, were cruising against Celta, who had a goal to their name following Fyodor Smolov’s early opener.

Celta, who had arrived in Madrid in 18th place and had lost their last seven at the host’s home, were destined to do the unthinkable. Denis Suarez and Mina – both utilized as substitutes – paired up for the equalizer with five minutes to go, spoiling Hazard’s return.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol

Leganes 0-0 Real Betis 

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Osasuna

Teammates appear to stop Marega leaving after racist slurs

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LIBSON, Portugal — FC Porto striker Moussa Marega, who tried to walk off the field after being the target of racist slurs from fans, faced apparent attempts Sunday by his own teammates and opposition players to prevent him from leaving.

Marega, who is black and from Mali, was visibly angered by monkey noises targeting him after he scored Porto’s second goal in a 2-1 win at Guimarães in the Portuguese football league.

But when Marega started to walk off the field, several players from both Porto and Guimarães appeared to argue with him. Porto coach Sérgio Conceição also went on the field and spoke with Marega.

It took Marega several minutes to leave the field when he was substituted.

Marega held his thumbs down at the crowd as he went into the tunnel to the changing rooms. The crowd responded with loud jeers.

The attitude of the other players has drawn criticism on social media.

“We are indignant with what has happened. Moussa was insulted from warmups (before kickoff),” Conceição said after the match.

“We are a family. One’s nationality, color, or height does not matter. We are human beings. We deserve respect and what happened was despicable.”

Marega received a yellow card following his goal in the 61st minute when he appeared to respond to the slurs by pointing at his skin and by picking up a seat that had been thrown on the pitch.

Timothy Weah returns to action with Lille after lengthy| absence

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Timothy Weah was back in action in Lille’s 2-1 loss to Marseille on Sunday after a 183-day absence.

The American attacker played the final 10 minutes of the defeat after being inactive since Lille’s second match of the season back in August 17 in which he suffered a “very bad hamstring tear“.

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Weah arrived at Lille in June on a $12 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain, placing high expectations on the 19-year-old son of Ballon d’OR winner George Weah.

Since, however, the U.S. men’s national team player has had little activity with the French side, accumulating less than 100 minutes over a three-game stretch.

Lille manager Christophe Galtier will likely ease Weah’s way into the a starting role moving forward – which is largely contingent on his performances at practice and in official play.

Lille, who’ve accumulated 40 points in 25 matches, are currently fourth in Ligue 1.

WATCH: Ashley Young opens his Inter Milan account with volley

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The first English goalscorer in Serie A this decade is 34-year-old Ashley Young.

Inter Milan’s newly-integrated wingback opened his Serie A account in proper fashion – scoring with a first-time right-footed volley strike against a strong Lazio side.

Why did Manchester United let Young walk away from Old Trafford during the winter transfer window? Surely, Young will answer that in detail when the time is right. At this moment, he’s too busy scoring goals – stellar ones, too – as we can see for ourselves above.

Young arrived at Inter in January on a reported $2-million deal for the remainder of the season, with an option to extend for another season.