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Liverpool too strong for stoke, Man City overpower Hull City

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Stoke City’s Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (L) vies with Liverpool’s Welsh striker Ben Woodburn during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on April 8, 2017. Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

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Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke City and stay on course for a top-four finish thanks to goals by substitutes Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.Unmarked Jon Walters headed the hosts into the lead after meeting Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross, as the Reds failed to register a first-half effort on target.

Coutinho levelled with a first-time shot before Firmino smashed the bouncing ball beyond keeper Lee Grant, after Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass.Liverpool remain third in the Premier League table.

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run with a comfortable victory over Hull City yesterday. That boosted their hopes of finishing in a Champions League spot.Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring before half time at Etihad Stadium, as the Hull defender turned in Jesus Navas’ dangerous low cross.

Raheem Sterling’s jinking run then set up Sergio Aguero and the Argentine’s powerful effort squeezed past Eldin Jakupovic.The Hull goalkeeper had no chance from City’s third, with Fabian Delph allowed time and space to lash in from outside the box.

Andrea Ranocchia did pull one back late on, as Claudio Bravo let a weak effort trickle past him.Son Heung-Min struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur maintained the pressure on leaders Chelsea with a 4­0 victory against Watford at a sun­-soaked White Hart Lane yesterday.



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