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Manchester City 3-1 Hull City: Hosts waltz past Tigers

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  • Man City settles in for easy win
  • Hull two points clear of drop zone
  • Delph, Aguero score

An Ahmed Elmohamady own goal was the first of three entries into the Hull City goal, as Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 win over Hull City on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

Fourth-place Man City sits seven points clear of Arsenal and Manchester United, who have played two less matches. Hull is in 17th, two points ahead of Swansea City.

Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph scored for Man City, while Andrea Ranocchia netted for Hull.

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Eldin Jakupovic needed to be prepared early, and he made a terrific double save on David Silva and Leroy Sane on the way to the fifth minute.

Man City was very dangerous in the first 20 minutes against packed-in Hull City, but the Tigers were waiting to pounce via counter attack. Hull went from six men on the left side of its own 18 to a quick fire counter through Oumar Niasse and Andrew Robertson that the hosts handled well enough.

Yet it was back to home control straight away, and Fabian Delph knocked down a clearance that Yaya Toure casually sent just over the bar.

The breakthrough came via own goal, as Jesus Navas’ cross swept past the head of Sergio Aguero. Elmohamady had to act before the ball reached Sane, but passed the ball into his own goal.

Aguero didn’t even celebrate his goal to make it 2-0 just after halftime, as his shot hit Elmohamady and another Hull defender before crossing the line.

Delph made it 3-0 with a classy shot from distance, and this one was tucked in and dreaming of the future with 20 minutes to go.

Claudio Bravo ruined his own clean sheet off a stoppable shot from Hull defender Ranocchia.

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DONE DEALS (so far): Early deals on transfer deadline day

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It’s. Transfer. Deadline. Day. (Finally.)

Following the conclusion of seven Premier League fixtures (at roughly 5 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, be sure to tune in to the live transfer roundup show, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

The following deals have already been completed and confirmed, as of 8:30 a.m. ET…

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  • A pair of Toffees, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo (for a combined fee of more than $10 million), have traded Goodison Park for the Stadium of Light, where they’ll rejoin former Everton boss David Moyes, now in charge of relegation-threatened Sunderland. Fellow former Toffees to also move to Wearside this season include Steven Pienaar and Victor Anichebe.
  • Hull City have acquired 28-year-old center back Andrea Ranocchia, via loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

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  • Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor (free agent) has signed for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
  • Former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba will join Adebayor in Turkey, where the 31-year-old has opted for a return to Besiktas, on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua.

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Matri goal leaves Inter searching for silver linings after Derby loss

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As Inter Milan slipped to sixth in Italy’s Serie A you could already imagine the tick, tick of the volume dial on the Andrea Stramaccioni debate. We’re at the point where any negative result will stoke some embers under the 37-year-old boss, though after today’s 2-1 loss to Juventus at the San Siro, the positives should be noted in any fair evaluation of the Inter boss. Hopefully, the debate about the young Stramaccioni’s quality can saty in stasis for a few more days.

The Nerazzurri fell behind early in today’s Derby d’Italia only to equalize early in the 54th minute through Rodrigo Palacio, just deserts for the effort given after the opening goal. But six minutes later, a breakdown allowed Juve to move through the middle of Inter’s defense, with the effort of Fabio Quagliarella rescuing a ball from touch and finding Alessandro Matri at the near post. Adding an assist to his opening goal, Quagliarella allowed Matri to beat Andrea Ranocchia and hammer the winner past a helpless Samir Handanovic.

It was Juventus playing to type. Over the course of 90 minutes, the only thing that separated their opponents was a few pieces of execution, most noticeably on the second goal. The sides were basically even in shots on goal (6-5, Inter) and possession (50-50), but after going ahead on the hour, Juventus locked down the match. Their win temporarily puts them 12 points clear at the top of Serie A, and with Bayern Munich visiting Turin on Tuesday, you can’t blame Bianconeri supporters for further indulging dreams of European glory.

But in Juventus’s need to show their first place form was a testament to Inter’s burgeoning. Though the Nerazzurri seemed to be slipping earlier this month, that now appears to be more of a phase than a pattern. Still hold a match-in-hand over Lazio and Fiorentina (the two teams above them in the standings), Inter have reason for hope.

Under normal circumstances Inter’s Saturday effort would have cashed in on that hope, but against a team used to stretching the smallest of margins into three-point chasms, Inter were left empty-handed. But that state shouldn’t overshadow the performance Stramaccioni was able to get out of his team, just as Inter’s elimination from Europa League shouldn’t make people forget they embarrassed Tottenham over 90 minutes two weeks ago. If Inter can carry that momentum forward, they may yet challenge for a Champions League spot.

Stramaccioni’s results need to improve, but after two good performances against quality opposition, now is not the time to fuel an inquest. Instead, it would be better to look at what Inter’s done well and ask whether that can be carried forward to Wednesday’s match at Sampdoria.