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Premier League Recap: Liverpool Survive Scare from Burnley, Hull Beat Swansea in Relegation Battle

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Hull City 2, Swansea City 1

  • Oumar Niasse (69′, 78′)
  • Alfie Mawson (90’+1′)

It was a battle between two teams looking to avoid the most dreaded result in the Premier League at the end of the season: relegation. Hull City took a big step toward avoiding that feat, defeating fellow battlers Swansea City 2-1 at the KC Stadium.

Swansea had an opportunity to take the lead within the first ten minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson slid a beautiful through ball to Wayne Routledge, but his eighth-minute attempt from right in front of net was saved Swansea keeper Eldin Jakupovic.

The game remained scoreless for the following hour of game time. Oumar Niasse was subbed on in the 63rd minute to shake things up for the hosts, and his brace propelled Hull City in front.

It started in the 69th minute. Niasse played a great one-two with Abel Hernandez. Hernandez received the ball with his back to goal, and his pass slipped Niasse behind two defenders. Niasse, one on one with the keeper, made no mistake, finishing near post, sealing the counter-attack and giving the hosts the lead.

Niasse doubled the lead just eight minutes later.

A cross into the box seemed destined for a finish from Ahmed Elmohamady. Instead, his slight touch moved the ball toward Niasse, who smashed the ball in for his second goal in 16 minutes of play time.

Swansea grabbed a consolation goal via Alfie Mawson in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

The win moves Hull City to the cusp of moving out of the relegation zone. They sit in 18th, the highest relegation spot, with 24 points, just one point away from safety. Swansea City meanwhile now sit just three points from the relegation zone with 27 points. They face another critical relegation battle against Bournemouth next week

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