Man City wears down Hull to win 3-0 in EPL

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Manch­ester City wore down last-placed Hull to win 3-0 in the English Premier League, thanks to late goals by Yaya Toure and sub­sti­tute Kelechi Iheana­cho as well as an own-goal yes­ter­day.

Toure con­verted a penalty kick in the 72nd minute af­ter Ra­heem Ster­ling was tripped by An­drew Robert­son as the Eng­land winger drove into the area. Up un­til that point, City lacked in­spi­ra­tion go­ing for­ward as Hull de­fended valiantly and in num­bers, but more spa­ces opened up to al­low the vis­i­tors a sec­ond goal.

Kevin De Bruyne laid in David Silva, whose pin­point cross was tapped home by Iheana­cho at the far post in the 78th. In the fourth minute of stop­page time, Ster­ling weaved his way into the area and sent in a cross that was de­flected into his own net by Cur­tis Davies.

A third straight win con­tin­ued City’s re­cov­ery af­ter a sticky pe­riod of re­sults for coach Pep Guardi­ola, lift­ing the team into sec­ond place ahead of Liver­pool. Liver­pool plays its game in hand against Stoke to­day.

City is seven points be­hind Chelsea af­ter 18 rounds of the 38game sea­son. Toure has scored all 10 of his penal­ties for City and has three goals since re­turn­ing to the team af­ter be­ing os­tra­cized by Guardi­ola early in the sea­son.

The for­mer Ivory Coast mid­fielder could have a key part to play in City’s ti­tle chal­lenge this sea­son now that fel­low mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan has been ruled out for the rest of the cam­paign with dam­aged knee lig­a­ments.

Hull will rue Robert­son’s mo­ment of mad­ness in bring­ing down Ster­ling as the bot­tom side was look­ing com­pact in de­fense and giv­ing up few chances. Only De Bruyne, with a low shot against the post, had come close to break­ing the dead­lock be­fore Toure’s penalty. — AP

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