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′

UEFA wants to “wage war on racists”

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has reacted strongly to the racist abuse of England’s players in Bulgaria on Monday.

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During the EURO 2020 qualifier monkey chants were heard from sections of the home crowds at Sofia’s Vasil Levski stadium, while Nazi salutes were also made and the officials stopped the game twice in the first half and then followed step one of UEFA’s anti-racism protocol as a message was broadcast over the speakers that the game was in danger of being abandoned.

A section of home supporters were seen leaving their seats just before half time, covering their faces with hoods and some had shirts which said “UEFA No Respect” written on them.

UEFA will investigate the incidents in Sofia after England made a formal complaint, and this comes after section of the stadium in Sofia was shut on Monday due to the racist abuse of players from both Kosovo and the Czech Republic during previous EURO 2020 qualifiers.

Ceferin called on governments and other organizations to work with them to “wage war” on racists as incidents continue to crop up across Europe.

“There were times, not long ago, when the football family thought that the scourge of racism was a distant memory. The last couple of years have taught us that such thinking was, at best, complacent. The rise of nationalism across the continent has fuelled some unacceptable behaviour and some have taken it upon themselves to think that a football crowd is the right place to give voice to their appalling views.

“As a governing body, I know we are not going to win any popularity contests. But some of the views expressed about UEFA’s approach to fighting racism have been a long way off the mark. UEFA, in close cooperation with the FARE network (Football Against Racism Europe), instituted the three-stage protocol for identifying and tackling racist behaviour during games.

“UEFA’s sanctions are among the toughest in sport for clubs and associations whose supporters are racist at our matches. The minimum sanction is a partial closure of the stadium – a move which costs the hosts at least hundreds of thousands in lost revenue and attaches a stigma to their supporters.

“UEFA is the only football body to ban a player for ten matches for racist behaviour – the most severe punishment level in the game. Believe me, UEFA is committed to doing everything it can to eliminate this disease from football. We cannot afford to be content with this; we must always strive to strengthen our resolve.

“More broadly, the football family – everyone from administrators to players, coaches and fans – needs to work with governments and NGOs to wage war on the racists and to marginalise their abhorrent views to the fringes of society. Football associations themselves cannot solve this problem. Governments too need to do more in this area. Only by working together in the name of decency and honour will we make progress.”

Turkish players defy UEFA with another military salute

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PARIS (AP) Turkish players defied UEFA with another military salute in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with France in their European Championship qualifier on Monday.

UEFA was already looking into Turkish players’ salutes from during and after Friday’s 1-0 win over Albania. The European soccer federation prohibits political statements in stadiums.

But Turkish players lined up again to show a military salute after Kaan Ayhan’s late equalizer in Paris. Captain Burak Yilmaz was joined by goalkeeper Mert Gunok and several other outfield players in giving the salute toward the crowd – in apparent support of the Turkish forces involved in the country’s invasion of Kurdish-held regions in northern Syria.

Defender Merih Demiral urged Ayhan to salute, too, leading to what looked like a heated discussion between the two, but the goal-scorer desisted and made his way back to the pitch.

Ayhan and Turkey striker Kenan Karaman both play for German side Fortuna Dusseldorf, which had issued a statement after Friday’s game to distance itself from “politically motivated acts.”

“Both players stand for values that the club lives by,” Dusseldorf sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said.

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Bulgarian prime minister intervenes, Bulgaria FA chief resigns

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov asked for the president of their football association, Borislav Mihaylov, to resign following the racist abuse of England’s players in Sofia’s Vasil Levski stadium on Monday.

And on Tuesday Mihaylov stepped down and handed in his resignation.

During the EURO 2020 qualifier monkey chants were heard from sections of the home crowds, while Nazi salutes were also made and the officials stopped the game twice in the first half and then followed step one of UEFA’s anti-racism protocol as a message was broadcast over the speakers that the game was in danger of being abandoned.

The Bulgarian sport minister, Krasen Kralev, released a statement on the incident and said that Mihaylov, who had previously complained to UEFA about Gareth Southgate‘s concerns over potential racist abuse in Bulgaria, should resign.

“The prime minister called me urgently a short time ago,”  said. “You know that the government has done a lot for the development of Bulgarian football in the last four years. But after the recent events, having in mind the whole state of football and last night’s incidents, the prime minister has ordered me from today to suspend any relations with the BFU, including financial ones, until the resignation of Borislav Mihaylov.”

UEFA is opening a full investigation into the disgusting scenes inside the stadium, as England’s players and staff have been applauded for the way they handled themselves in their 6-0 win.

Southgate, Tyrone Mings and other England players have reacted to the abuse and say they have made a statement on and off the pitch for UEFA having to use their anti-racism protocol.

“We know it’s an unacceptable situation, and I think we’ve managed to make two statements. By winning the game, but also we’re raised the awareness of everybody to the situation,” Southgate said. “The game was stopped twice, I know for some people that won’t be enough, but we as a group were on board with that process.”

On This Day: Bornstein becomes national hero – in Honduras

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You know what today is? It’s Jonathan Bornstein day in Honduras.

Ten years ago today at RFK Stadium in our nations capital, a young, hot-shot kid with plenty of hair named Michael Bradley and Bornstein helped the U.S. Men’s National Team come back to draw Costa Rica, 2-2, in World Cup qualifying. In fact, it’s eerie watching Bornstein’s celebration, running to the corner flag and diving headfirst as he’s mobbed moments after by his teammates. It’s a bit similar to what Lanson Donovan did about nine months later.

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To add some context, it was the final day of qualifications matches in the Hex. Three days earlier, the U.S. had already secured a place in the World Cup with a wild 3-2 win at Honduras, meaning Los Catrachos needed to win over El Salvador on the final night and hope that the U.S. would keep Costa Rica from winning in the final match.

Who else, but Carlos Pavon gave Honduras a 1-0 win over El Salvador that night. Then, it was Bornsteins goal later that night that put Los Catrachos into the World Cup for the first time since 1982, and left Costa Rica to battle for the shared spot between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

In honor of the big day, hundreds of Honduras fans had been mentioning Bornstein on social media, and the veteran defender – currently of the Chicago Fire – retweeted quite a few of the thankful messages to him. Below, here’s video of the call from Honduras TV, as well as from Ian Darke and the ESPN crew.

Unfortunately for Bornstein, this may be the highlight of his national team career. He did make the 2010 World Cup squad and started twice, including the matches against Algeria and Ghana, but he never truly took the next step in his career to become a star left back.

After a calamitous performance against Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, which also Bob Bradley his USMNT job, Bornstein was dropped and hasn’t been seen from again on the national team stage.

However, even though he’s only a club player these days, he’ll never have to buy a drink in Honduras, that’s for sure.