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Hull City 3-1 Málaga

16 July 2022

Three goals in 11 second-half minutes, including a stunner from Lewie Coyle, gave Hull City a comfortable pre-season win over Spanish Segunda División side Málaga.

Set-piece headers from centre-backs Jacob Greaves and Alfie Jones, either side of another header from Andres Caro, put City in command before Coyle’s corker rounded off a second victory of the day.

Both sides posed an aerial threat from the outset; Fran Sol glanced Victor Olmo’s centre wide before Jones tested the reflexes of Manolo Reina from Jean Michaël Seri’s corner.

Ryan Longman’s 18-yard strike was too central to trouble Reina and Óscar Estupiñán, in his first outing as a Tigers player, dragged wide of the far post.

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Los Albicelestes should have ended the half in front as first Juanfran lifted an effort over the bar and then an unmarked Ruben Castro headed a free-kick over.

Allahyar Sayyadmanesh drilled wide before Ozan Tufan’s clever pass almost created an own goal – the ball bobbling narrowly wide off a defender – but the Tigers scored from the resulting corner.

Seri’s inviting 50th-minute delivery picked out the untracked, determined run of Greaves – still awaiting his first competitive goal – to head home from four yards.

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The second half was much livelier than the first and Málaga equalised four minutes later when Caro directed a fine header inside the far post from a short corner.

Ingram tipped Castro’s well-struck shot onto the foot of the post and the save took on greater significance as the Tigers regained the lead shortly after.

Another corner from the same side, this time a left-footed outswinger from Callum Elder, was met by a diving header from Jones which bounced into the ground and looped into the net.

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The pick of the goals, though, was undoubtedly Coyle’s as the right-back took a touch to control Ryan Longman’s floated pass before arrowing a terrific angled strike inside the far post.

Ingram was called upon to preserve the two-goal cushion, palming away Dani Lorenzo’s strike and pushing out Issa Fomba’s rasping hit, as City ran out winners at the Marbella Football Centre.

 

Hull City (3-4-3): Ingram; Jones, Figueiredo, Greaves; Coyle, Seri (Covil 69’), Slater, Elder; Longman (Green 87’), Estupiñán (Tufan 46’), Allahyar.


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