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′

Serie A: Leaders Inter Milan open door for Juve by drawing Roma

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MILAN (AP) Italian league leader Inter Milan was held by Roma to 0-0 on Friday, giving second-placed Juventus a chance to return to the top.

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The home draw left Inter only two points ahead of Juventus, which can regain the lead when it visits third-placed Lazio on Saturday.The result also wasn’t good for Roma, which moved from fifth to fourth place in the standings but remained nine points off the lead after 15 matches.

Inter forward Lautaro Martinez had one of the game’s best chances when he got past a defender and entered the area in the 68th minute, but his shot was blocked at the last minute. He called for a handball by the defender but the referee let play continue.

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Inter was coming off five straight wins in the league, with its last setback in all competitions last month against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Its last league loss was against Juventus in October, nine matches ago.

Roma was seeking its third straight league win. It had won five of its last six matches since last month.

Inter visits Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Premier League Preview: Man City v. Man United

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  • Man City (3rd) trail Liverpool by 11 points
  • Man United (6th) eight points out of 4th
  • Last meeting: Man United 0-2 Man City

For the first time in recent memory, Manchester City and Manchester United each find themselves failing to meet expectations — by their own respective standards, at least — as they prepare to meet at the Etihad Stadium in the 179th Manchester derby on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

Man City, the two-time defending Premier League champions, are looking increasingly unlikely to retain their crown for a third straight season but look a surefire bet to finish in the top-four, which is a place for which Man United would bite your hand off as they currently trail leaders Liverpool by more points (22) than they have points of their own (21).

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The struggles for United have been all about consistency as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side hasn’t won back-to-back games all season. The Red Devils haven’t won two in a row in the PL since March. On the bright side, United turned in one of their complete performances of the season on Wednesday, spoiling Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford and beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. Marcus Rashford scored both goals and Solskjaer couldn’t rave enough about his 22-year-old forward after the game. From start to finish, United were the better team and looked in majority control, which isn’t something they’ve been able to say often in 2019.

As for City, they’ve simply been “not good enough” without ever actually being “bad” this season, given Liverpool’s scintillating form (14W-1D-0L thus far). Realistically, City likely need to pick up all 69 remaining points this season, and even then they might still come up short.

Injuries/suspensions

Man City: OUT – Sergio Aguero (thigh), Aymeric Laporte (knee), Leroy Sane (knee), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee)

Man United: OUT – Anthony Martial (hamstring), Eric Bailly (knee), Marcos Rojo (undisclosed); QUESTIONABLE: Paul Pogba (ankle), Nemanja Matic (groin), Diogo Dalot (groin)


Projected lineups

Man City: Ederson — Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Angeliño — Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva — Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling

Man United: De Gea — Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young — Fred, McTominay, James, Mata, Lingard — Rashford


What they’re saying

Pep Guardiola, on the derby: “It’s Man United. I respect what they’ve done for English football, European, and world football. United have huge history and their quality is always there but we must try to beat them. We play against a good team, try to follow the performances we’ve put in and try to win the game. You know my opinion on the title race.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on his derby memories: “It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself. Of course, Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. … Confidence is a strange thing in football; you can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much. And I know our boys will be up for it. 24 hours less recovery time [than City] shouldn’t matter, you go on adrenaline.”


Prediction

The win over Tottenham was impressive, no doubt about it, but City remain a challenge of an entirely different class, no matter what their points total says. If the title is well and truly gone for Guardiola’s side, then retaining superiority in Manchester will have to suffice. City 3-1 United.

Klinsmann gets first point as Hertha Berlin manager

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann claimed his first point since returning to coaching as his Hertha Berlin team let slip a two-goal lead to draw with Frankfurt 2-2 in the Bundesliga on Friday.

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Hertha was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute when Sebastian Rode hammered the ball in from a corner for Frankfurt to deny the Berlin team the win.

Hertha is in the relegation playoff spot in 16th and winless in its last six league games, while Frankfurt is 10th.

Dodi Lukebakio gave Hertha the lead with a shot through Frederik Ronnow’s legs. That goal was assisted by Marko Grujic, who later made it 2-0 with a header from a free kick.

However, Frankfurt almost immediately replied with a header of its own from Martin Hinteregger, the Austrian defender with five Bundesliga goals.

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Frankfurt’s fans expressed their disapproval of the video assistant referee after it ruled out two goals for the hosts. There was a rare disallowed own goal when Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft palmed a cross into his own net but was found to have been pushed while jumping.

Klinsmann took over Hertha last week on a temporary deal until the end of the season, after Ante Covic was fired with the team under threat of relegation. Klinsmann hadn’t coached since being fired in 2016 by the United States, and last worked at a club in 2009 at Bayern Munich.

Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

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Nigel Pearson has been appointed new manager of Watford and been handed a very straightforward — but tall — task for the remainder of the season: avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Pearson takes over from Quique Sanchez Flores — who only took over from Javi Gracia in September — who left his post at Vicarage Road with the Hornets sitting 20th out of 20 teams in the PL table, already seven points adrift from safety. Pearson’s contract runs through the end of the season.

The 56-year-old Pearson, who last managed in the PL with Leicester City in 2015, was most recently in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven before he was fired in February.

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Pearson won’t take charge of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold). Interim manager Hayden Mullins will see out the week’s preparations and manage the team before handing the reins to Pearson on Sunday.