Hull City 1-2 Tottenham: Ramirez red ruins early lead as Eriksen wins it

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The home side led under 10 minutes into the match at the KC Stadium, but Gaston Ramirez was sent off early in the second half for a stupid kick at Jan Vertonghen, and Spurs pounced on the advantage.

Red-hot Harry Kane equalized with 25 minutes to go and Christian Eriksen was the man to notch all three points for the visitors and capitalize on the silly sending off.

Hull struck straight away out of nothing, with the ball bounding around in the attacking half, Jake Livermore acquired his target from well outside the box and crashed the ball into the far corner past Hugo Lloris inside 10 minutes.

Spurs had their possession, but the home side remained the more dangerous. Just past 20 minutes played, Hull had a furious spell but Lloris was able to stunningly save point-blank shots by Robbie Brady and Nikica Jelavic before Hatim Ben Arfa ripped a brilliant chance miles over the crossbar.

Tottenham worked forward, but Hull was solid and organized at the back, and they worked hard both to create chances and to keep the sloppy visitors pegged back.

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After the halftime break, Hull continued to prove troublesome, but a stupid moment saw the home side suddenly in serious trouble. Gaston Ramirez, a goal up and his team working well, decided to have a kick at Jan Vertonghen after losing the ball, and while the referee didn’t see the play, the linesman caught it and suggested a straight red. The head referee agreed, and Ramirez walked.

The game completely changed following the red card, understandably, as Spurs poured forward with their man advantage. Eventually, they’d pull level after a spell of forward play. A frustrated Hull defense fouled Roberto Soldado at the top of the box, and Christian Eriksen’s beauty of a free kick required an Alan McGregor dive to push the ball off the top corner of the bar.

The rebound fell right to Harry Kane, and with McGregor on the deck, Kane smashed the ball into the net to pull even at 1-1.

The ref had plenty to do following the red, with players starting to lose control of their emotions, and at one point he went face-to-face with Tom Huddlestone while issuing a yellow card. The midfielder was substituted off moments later.

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Roberto Soldado scuffed a brilliant chance to put Spurs ahead on 66 minutes after bursting free, but it was all Tottenham from here on out. Kane missed wide with a header a minute later, and it was obvious the winner was coming.

Hull got a chance or two on the other end, with Jelavic just unable to slot through for Livermore who had timed a run perfectly, but Spurs held around 80% of the possession since the red card, and outpassed Hull a blistering 273-24 from that point until the final goal. As the minutes ticked on it appeared Hull might hold on, but then Christian Eriksen happened in the 90th minute.

The Danish attacker picked up the ball at the top of the box, and under pressure from Curtis Davies, he cut a bouncer across the face of goal and buried it into the far corner for the lead.

The third away win of the season for Spurs sees them up to 10th in the table, while Hull City fail to notch their second win of the season, instead come out of the KC with nothing to show for a solid first half, and they remain on 11 points down in 16th.

LINEUPS:

Hull City: McGregor, Elmohamady, Robertson, Dawson, Davies, Huddlestone (Rosenoir 65′), Livermore, Ramirez, Brady (Quinn 87′), Ben Arfa (Meyler 57′), Jelavic.

Goals: Livermore 8′

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier (Chiriches 46′), Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele (Lennon 59′), Mason, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane, Soldado (Paulinho 79′).

Goals: Kane 61′, Eriksen 90′

Wolves clobber Espanyol, Neves scores another magnificent volley

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Diogo Jota had a hat trick and Ruben Neves scored a very Ruben Neves goal as Wolves took a 4-0 lead over Espanyol on Thursday after one leg of Europa League Round of 32 action.

Raul Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, and Matt Doherty recorded assists for Wolves, who will visit the Portuguese side on Feb. 27.

Espanyol had 57 percent of the ball and put four shots on target to Wolves’ five.

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Wolves came out of the gates with a show of strength, taking six shots to Espanyol’s zero over the first 25 minutes.

The goal came off an Adama Traore-won corner, Raul Jimenez flicking on to Jota.

Neves’ goal came straight from his area of expertise, a beautiful bit of control with his chest before smashing home from distance.

The 23-year-old Jota scored the first, third, and fourth goals of the contest to give him two Europa League hat tricks this season. He has 12 goals and five assists in 33 appearances across all competitions this season.

Solskjaer, Mata react to Man Utd draw: ‘We can play better’

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Manchester United got an away goal in a 1-1 first leg draw with Europa League foes Club Brugge in Belgium on Thursday.

The goals were pretty individual, a big chip of Sergio Romero followed by Anthony Martial’s powerful dribble to equalize for the Red Devils.

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United outshot the hosts 16-10, but fell short in big chances created by a 3-1 margin.

Here’s Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, via the BBC:

“It was a game with difficult conditions out there. It was almost like an astroturf. The ball was very quick and lively,” Solskjaer said. “We got the away goal. It was a very good individual goal, worked hard to win the ball and finish so we are happy with that but we know we can play better.”

The second leg is Feb. 27 at Old Trafford, four days after a Premier League encounter with Watford in the same building.

United midfielder Juan Mata had a busy day, winning the majority of his tackles and creating one key pass. He expected better from his team but sees the game for what it is.

Here is Mata, from The Manchester Evening News:

“They scored a goal we shouldn’t concede. We scored a goal from their mistake. we wanted to win, obviously, 1-1 is not a very bad result, but we always want to win,” Mata said. “We just couldn’t find spaces, they defended very well with five plus four. We tried to play a few times through the middle, which we didn’t succeed to do that. Then we scored that goal and from then we played a bit better.”

Solskjaer kept Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Daniel James, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the bench to start the match. Fernandes and Fred came on late.

FC Cincinnati adds Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong

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FC Cincinnati got a much-needed bit of good news toward the end of a rough week in Southern Ohio.

Longtime Ajax attacker Siem De Jong has joined a talented FCC attack ahead of the club’s second MLS season.

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De Jong, 31, came up through Ajax’s vaunted academy before transferring to Newcastle United, where he suffered through a series of miserable injuries including two collapsed lungs in 18 months.

He’s been capped six times with two goals for the Netherlands in his career and will join a revitalized Cincinnati attack with Jurgen Locadia and Yuya Kubo.

“The system they want to play is quite similar to the Dutch system, and yeah, Ajax is probably one of the team’s that perfected it,” de Jong said. “Over the years I played there, I’ve learned a lot about this similar philosophy and trying to build up from the back in the Dutch style of play. That was one of the reasons why FC Cincinnati was a good fit for me. Hopefully I can help with the experience I’ve had over the years playing this style of football.”

De Jong scored three times in nine matches this season for Ajax, all of the goals coming in a cup match against third-tier Spakenburg. His other eight matches combined for just 118 minutes.

He may not be with FCC when the season starts as he waits on visa approval.

Man United held at Club Brugge (video)

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Man United were held to a 1-1 draw away at Club Brugge in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side battled back from a sloppy start to stretch their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.

Emmanuel Bonaventure (commonly known as Dennis) scored a beautiful opener to put Brugge ahead but United equalized through Anthony Martial and he also hit the post as the Red Devils looked more dangerous as both teams had chances in a tight, tense encounter.

The two teams met for the second leg at Old Trafford next Thursday, Feb. 27.

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Brugge almost scored with their first attack as Dennis caused havoc behind Luke Shaw and a combination of Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic cleared the ball from danger from close range.

Andreas Pereira fired in a low shot which Simon Mignolet saved well but moments later Brugge were ahead.

Nemanja Matic thought he had won a corner kick but a goal kick was given and former Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet caught out the entire Man United defense with a long ball over the top to find Dennis who lobbed the ball over a stranded Sergio Romero and in.

Hans Vanaken, Mats Rits and Dennis then all went close to doubling Brugge’s lead as United’s defense was all over the place.

United did draw level before half time as a loose throw-in from Brugge caused their own problems and Martial powered towards goal and calmly slotted home to make it 1-1.

Brandon Williams missed a good chance and Mignolet then pushed Martial’s shot onto the post as United came alive after their opening goal.

In the second half Man United continued to improve as Diogo Dalot‘s cross found Jesse Lingard who flicked wide, while Martial and Juan Mata then combined but Brugge managed to block the danger at the last moment.

At the other end Dennis was denied as Romero saved well down low at the near post and late on Dennis bamboozled Harry Maguire before crossing for Odilon Kossounou who somehow scuffed his shot wide.

Man United finished with a flourish as new signings Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes came on off the bench to try and help the Red Devils grab a winner and although they both looked lively, United couldn’t find a late goal.