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Shaqiri celebrates his free-kick.

Xherdan Shaqiri scores two screamers for Stoke City against Hull

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After a terrible start to the season, Stoke City have improved of late, picking up draws against West Brom and Manchester United before finally getting their first win of the Premier League campaign over Sunderland last weekend.

Mark Hughes' side were looking to build on that 2-0 victory as they travelled to struggling Hull City and it was their star man Xherdan Shaqiri who gave them the lead in spectacular fashion.

The one criticism thrown at the Swiss international is that he doesn't produce quality on a consistent basis, but no one has ever doubted his talent - and this wonder-strike only reinforces that.

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With multiple Hull players between him and the goal, Shaqiri used an overlapping run from Phil Bardsley to drift inside onto his preferred left foot and, as you can see in the video below, what he did next was simply sensational:

After taking a few touches, the 25-year-old set himself before unleashing an unstoppable 25-yard strike which flew straight into the top corner to put his team ahead in the 26th minute.

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If that wasn't good enough, the wing wizard doubled Stoke's lead five minutes after the half-time break from a similar distance with a fabulous free-kick.

As you can see in the clip below, Shaqiri can be seen checking to see where the goalkeeper had positioned himself, and he used the right-footed option of Marko Arnautovic to curl the ball over the wall and into the net:

His brace means that he has now scored more Premier League goals from outside the box (three) than anyone else this season.

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