Crystal Palace 0-2 Hull City: N’Doye’s double hands Tigers huge win

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Hull City recorded a huge win away at Crystal Palace on Saturday, as Steve Bruce’s side won 2-0 at Selhurst Park to ease their relegation fears.

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Dame N’Doye struck twice in the second half as the Tigers secured their first win in seven and thoroughly deserved all three points in south London against a subdued Palace outfit.

With the win Hull stay out of the bottom three and move up to 16th on 31 points. Palace stay in 11th on 42 points.

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Early on palace did all the pressing as Jason Puncheon’s cross deserved better but Glenn Murray sent his effort straight at Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper.

After that Hull got into the game and spurned two glorious chances with first James Chester wasting a free header and then Stephen Quinn found N’Doye completley unmarkd in the box but from six-yards out he somehow failed to get no contact on the ball as the Tigers squander two chances to go ahead.

Steve Bruce’s side continued to press in an open game with Sone Aluko and Jake Livermore having more chances, but Palace looked lively on the break and Wilfried Zaha was unlucky to have not scored before half time after cutting in from the right.

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It didn’t take Hull long to take the lead in the second half as great work from Robbie Brady saw N’Doye tap the ball over the line for his fourth goal of the season to put the Tigers 1-0 up.

Soon after N’Doye should have doubled his and Hull’s tally as the Senegalese striker was played in on the right side of the box but his low effort skimmed past the far post and out of play.

Palace threw everything at Hull as the Eagles went in search of an equalizer and had a goal chalked off by Mike Jones as Yaya Sanogo was adjudged to have fouled Paul McShane before heading home.

It was the Tigers who finished the stronger of the two teams with Leroy Rosenior hitting the crossbar before Gaston Ramirez set up N’Doye to seal the win in stoppage time with his second goal of the game.

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Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak (Lee, 64′), McArthur; Zaha (Gayle, 73′), Puncheon, Bolasie; Murray (Sanogo, 59′)

Hull City: Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn (Ramirez, 74′), Brady (Rosenior, 84′), Aluko (Bruce, 85′), N’Doye

Goals: N’Doye (51′, 90+2′)

Watch Live: Arsenal v. Brighton, Sheffield Utd v. Newcastle

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Matchweek 15 of the 2019-20 Premier League season wraps up on Thursday, with two more midweek clashes featuring two mid-table sides, and two more from much nearer to the relegation zone, in action.

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First up, PL new boys (and 9th-place side) Sheffield United will host 14th-place Newcastle United, who sit just two points outside the relegation zone ahead of kickoff. 45 minutes later, 10th-place Arsenal will host 16th-place Brighton & Hove Albion in Freddie Ljungberg’s first home game as Arsenal interim manager.

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The schedule for Thursday’s two games is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


2:30 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Newcastle United [STREAM]
3:15 p.m. ET: Arsenal v. Brighton & Hove Albion [STREAM]

Report: Marco Silva fired by Everton

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Marco Silva has been fired as manager of Everton, making him the fourth Premier League manager to lose his job in the last 16 days, according to multiple reports out of the UK.

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Silva reported for a regular day’s work at Everton’s training ground on Thursday, a day after suffering a 5-2 defeat to local rivals Liverpool, all while a conference call was expected to take place involving the relevant figures: owner Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenright, chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and director of football Marcel Brands.

15 games into the 2019-20 PL season, the Toffees currently sit 18th in the league table with less than a point per game — relegation territory — on the back of three straight losses and just four wins all season. Silva’s only victory since mid-October came against fellow bottom-four side Southampton nearly a month ago.

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It’s not just the number of losses for Everton (now up to nine) on the season thus far, but many of the sides to which they’ve lost (newly promoted Aston Villa, 12th-place Bournemouth, newly promoted Sheffield United, 11th-place Burnley, 16th-place Brighton & Hove Albion and 19th-place Norwich, to name a few) that forced them further and further down the table and made relegation a semi-serious threat, at least for the time being.

Atleti escapes major punishment for fans’ Griezmann threats

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MADRID (AP) Atletico Madrid escaped major punishment Wednesday after its fans made threatening chants against former player Antoine Griezmann during last weekend’s La Liga match against Barcelona.

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The Spanish league had denounced the club after some fans chanted “Die Griezmann” in Sunday’s match, won by Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

The Spanish soccer federation said it would fine Atletico $333 because the game was disrupted, but it did not cite the chants against Griezmann. The fine was prompted mainly because fans threw objects — including an umbrella — onto the field.

The Spanish league had denounced the club to the federation’s anti-violence committee, saying about 2,000 fans from Atletico’s “ultras” section made the chants for about 20 seconds before the start of the second half, and again later in the game.

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Griezmann left Atletico for Barcelona at the end of last season in a transfer worth more than $132 million.

The France forward was jeered nearly every time he touched the ball at the Metropolitano on Sunday. It was his first match at Atletico’s stadium since leaving the club.

Klopp to take first team to Club World Cup, leave youth for EFL Cup

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Jurgen Klopp has chosen his strongest possible Liverpool squad to take to the Club World Cup later this month, leaving a reserve- and youth-laden team behind to compete in the EFL Cup during the same period.

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Liverpool will head to Doha, Qatar, for the Club World Cup, where they’ll play their semifinal fixture against one of Monterrey (Mexico), Al-Saad (Qatar) or Hienghene Sport (New Caledonia) on Dec. 18. The day prior, on Dec. 17, the Reds will also play away to Aston Villa in the quarterfinals of the League Cup. With the club’s star-studded first team in Qatar, progression to the semifinals of the League Cup will be down to a team full of teenage prospects.

Only defender Joel Matip and midfielder Fabinho, both of whom are currently injured and unavailable, were left out of the Club World Cup squad.

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Players suffering from illness or injury prior to Liverpool’s first Club World Cup game can be replaced in the squad up to 24 hours before kickoff.

Liverpool’s Club World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Adrian, Andy Lonergan

Defenders: Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold

Midfielders: Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams

Forwards: Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian Brewster, Divock Origi