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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Stoke v Hull - Story of the match

Xherdan Shaqiri scored Stoke's third goal
Xherdan Shaqiri scored Stoke's third goal

Xherdan Shaqiri's stunning 30-yard strike capped a Stoke victory that eased any lingering relegation fears and left Hull still looking nervously over their shoulders after another fruitless away day.

The Swiss fired into the top corner with 10 minutes remaining in a 3-1 win for the Potters, who ended their four-game losing streak to move 11 points clear of a relegation zone which Hull remain just two above.

Still without an away success in the league since August, Marco Silva's side had been level when Harry Maguire cancelled out Marko Arnautovic's opener, yet substitute Peter Crouch restored Stoke's lead before Shaqiri's moment of magic

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Scrap this, we have a winner! Mesmerising effort from Xherdan Shaqiri this afternoon! Stay up for MOTD! #SCFC 3-1 #HCFC" - Stoke (@stokecity) pull the plug on their goal of the season competition, in a tweet accompanied by video of the existing nominees (https://twitter.com/stokecity/status/853271916702035969).

STAR MAN

Shaqiri. Flashes of his undoubted talent are too infrequent, which is probably why he is at Stoke rather than Bayern Munich or Inter Milan any more, but he lit up this contest with a brilliant assist for Arnautovic's opener and a terrific goal late on.

HUGHES' TACTICAL MASTERSTROKE

The decision to withdraw Saido Berahino in the 66th minute was jeered by home supporters yet Mark Hughes' call to introduce Jonathan Walters and Crouch was soon vindicated when they combined for the opener.

TO HULL AND BACK

Silva may be unbeaten in 40 matches at home as a manager, but he has claimed just one point from a possible 21 away from Yorkshire since becoming Hull boss. Fortunately for him, three of the Tigers' final five fixtures are at home.

RATINGS

Stoke

Lee Grant 6

Ryan Shawcross 7

Bruno Martins Indi 7

Marc Muniesa 6

Glen Johnson 6

Geoff Cameron 6

Charlie Adam 5

Erik Pieters 5

Xherdan Shaqiri 8

Saido Berahino 6

Marko Arnautovic 8

Substitutes

Jonathan Walters (on for Adam) 7

Peter Crouch (on for Berahino) 7

Mame Diouf (on for Shaqiri) 6

Hull

Eldin Jakupovic 6

Harry Maguire 7

Michael Dawson 6

Andrea Ranocchia 5

Andrew Robertson 6

Lazar Markovic 6

Alfred N'Diaye 6

Tom Huddlestone 6

Sam Clucas 6

Kamil Grosicki 7

Oumar Niasse 6

Substitutes

Abel Hernandez (on for Huddlestone) 6

Dieumerci Mbokani (on for Niasse) 6

Ahmed Elmohamady (on for Markovic) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Swansea v Stoke (Premier League, April 22)

Hull v Watford (Premier League, April 22)

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