Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri were in top form as Stoke City recorded a 3-1 victory over Hull City in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
- Stoke City 3 Hull City 1
- Arnautovic opens the scoring
- Maguires levels for the Tigers
- Crouch heads in the second
- Shaqiri gets the third
Stoke started well and would take the lead through a good finish by Marko Arnautovic in the first 10 minutes. Harry Maguire then replied for Hull after the break.
The home team had added quality in the final third and it paid off when Peter Crouch headed in Jonathan Walter's fine cross. Xherdan Shaqiri completed the scoring with a brilliant strike.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) April 15, 2017
It was Stoke City who started brightest and they would take the lead in the sixth minute when Marko Arnautovic fired home from Xherdan Shaqiri's assist, after he beat Harry Maguire and Michael Dawson easily on the inside.
In the 10th minute Arnautovic could have completed his brace but he blazed over the bar from Shaqiri's pass once again. Saido Berahino then had a goal disallowed for offside before seeing another strike blocked by Harry Maguire.
Hull then had their best moment in the 26th minute when they caught the home team on the counter, and Lazar Markovic forced Lee Grant into a good save with a volley. Yet, Arnautovic again would have a chance when he struck an effort just wide after good work by Glen Johnson.
Nonetheless, the equaliser came after the break for the away team when from a corner Maguire fired home at the far post after the ball broke to him in the box in the 51st minute. Eight minutes later Eldin Jakupovic made a diving save to deny Jonathan Walters, before Peter Crouch fluffed the rebound.
He would make up for his miss in the 66th minute as Walters found him with a superb cross from the left and he powered home a towering header which left Jakupovic with little chance. Burnley then came close to a leveller but Kamil Grosicki and Oumar Niasse were denied by Lee Grant and Martins Indi respectively.
Shaqiri then hit a brilliant late third from 25-yards out, ten minutes from time with Arnautovic setting up his forward partner in what was a well executed attack by the hosts.
— Saido Berahino (@SBerahino) April 15, 2017