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Hull City 0-2 Stoke City

Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri's last four Premier League goals have all come from outside the box

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice, including a stunning 25-yard strike, as Stoke comfortably won at Hull to move out of the relegation zone.

The Switzerland midfielder cut inside on his left foot and found the top right corner with a sublime finish.

He doubled the lead with a free-kick from the edge of the area just after half-time.

The result sees Mike Phelan's side drop into the bottom three, after a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.

The game ended on a strange note as Shaqiri appeared to grab Sam Clucas by the throat after being pushed by the full-back. Stoke trio Shaqiri, Phil Bardsley and Joe Allen were then all booked after the final whistle.

Stoke's first away victory of the season also brings them back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since March - and moves them to 16th place on nine points.

Hull, meanwhile, have conceded 19 goals in their past five league games and are without a league win since 20 August.

Magic Shaqiri

Goals
Shaqiri's goals - one from open play, the other a free-kick, came from almost the same spot just outside the area

Shaqiri's goals were two moments of magic in a match largely unmemorable otherwise.

The 25-year-old's past four Premier League goals have all come from outside the box and his two against Hull were his first since the opening day of the season.

His first came from his own corner, which was cleared by Hull as far as Ryan Shawcross, who passed the ball back to Shaqiri.

The former Bayern Munich winger then cut inside before unleashing a curling 25-yard shot, which left David Marshall no chance in the Hull goal.

He then won the free-kick for his second on 49 minutes and stepped up to send the ball over the wall and into the bottom right corner, beyond Marshall.

Shaqiri also created wonderful chances for Marko Arnautovic and Wilfried Bony, having three shots in all and making five key passes in the match.

'Shaqiri can open up defences from anywhere'

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy on Match of the Day:

"Xherdan Shaqiri hasn't done enough of this in a Stoke shirt. He was outstanding. He had that strut around him and produced moments of brilliance. His first goal was unstoppable.

"He's got the ability to open up defences from anywhere on the pitch - not many players can do that. If he can stay fit, along with Joe Allen and Marko Arnautovic, then Stoke will be up the table before you know it."

Hull's decline continues

The optimism of Hull's wins in the first two games of the season has faded at the KCOM Stadium, where plenty of empty seats could be seen among a crowd of only 18,522.

The hosts did not manage a shot on target until Abel Hernandez came on after 55 minutes.

Their best attacking efforts came with the game already won for Stoke and the home side still struggled in front of goal despite their late burst.

Stoke dominated the midfield, with Shaqiri and Arnautovic given too much space.

Hull also had returning captain Michael Dawson to thank for some crucial tackles. Playing in his first game of the season after a knee injury the 32-year-old stopped Bony and Shaqiri from scoring in the first half.

Phelan, upgraded from his caretaker role nine days ago, is yet to taste victory since and will have his work cut out to address the slide in form - something not helped by Robert Snodgrass limping off with an ankle injury late on.

Man of the match - Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri added two more goals to his already impressive highlight reel. One stunning strike and a clever free-kick took him to three goals for the season. Despite Stoke's 12 shots they would have struggled without their Switzerland international's shooting boots.

What they said:

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Hull 0-2 Stoke: We were 'nervous' says boss Mike Phelan

Hull boss Mike Phelan: "We were edgy and we gave the ball away too easily. There are lessons to be learned by all of us.

"We are under no illusions and we shouldn't be. We need to rebuild confidence and set our sights for the battle ahead. We need to do more. We are not here to lie down and let teams beat us.

"Robert Snodgrass got stood on - he's got a bruised ankle and we will assess that in the morning."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "Xherdan Shaqiri missed some games but since he came back he's been really positive and we are really pleased with him.

"We have been playing well for a number of weeks. We are building performances. From start to finish we were in control.

"People questioned us at the beginning but now we are allowing people to see our level.

"I didn't see what happened after full-time - there were afters from both sides."

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Potters in total control - Hughes

The stats you need to know:

  • Stoke kept their first clean sheet away from home since December 2015.
  • Hull have lost four successive home Premier League games for the first time in a single Premier League season.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in four Premier League games (won two, drawn two), their best run since March.
  • Hull have conceded 19 goals in their last five Premier League games, as many as in their previous 16 in the competition.
  • Shaqiri is the first Stoke player to score two goals from outside the box in a Premier League game.

What's next?

Hull travel to Championship side Bristol City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday before a trip to Watford on Saturday.

Stoke host Swansea on Monday 31 October.

Line-ups

Hull

  • 23Marshall
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 11ClucasBooked at 90mins
  • 8HuddlestoneSubstituted forMaguireat 68'minutes
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forHernándezat 55'minutes
  • 14Livermore
  • 25MasonBooked at 77mins
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 19KeaneSubstituted forDiomandeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Maguire
  • 9Hernández
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Weir
  • 20Diomande
  • 28Tymon

Stoke

  • 33Grant
  • 2BardsleyBooked at 90mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Pieters
  • 6Whelan
  • 20Cameron
  • 22ShaqiriBooked at 90mins
  • 4AllenBooked at 90mins
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 12BonySubstituted forDioufat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Walters
  • 24Given
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
18,522

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Stoke City 2.

Booking

Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Joe Allen (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Stoke City 2.

Booking

Sam Clucas (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Adama Diomande (Hull City).

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Mason (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross.

Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adama Diomande.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Offside, Hull City. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Adama Diomande is caught offside.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ryan Mason (Hull City) because of an injury.

Booking

Ryan Mason (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Mason (Hull City).

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Mason (Hull City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Wilfried Bony.

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Adama Diomande replaces Will Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Harry Maguire replaces Tom Huddlestone.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

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