MIDDLESBROUGH, England — Gaston Ramirez scored the winner against his former club as Middlesbrough beat Hull, 1-0, to move clear of the English Premier League's relegation zone on Monday.
The Uruguay midfielder peeled off his marker to head Adam Clayton's corner down and into the corner in the 60th minute for his third goal of the season. Ramirez spent most of the 2014-15 season on loan at Hull from Southampton.
While Middlesbrough climbed to 13th place and four points above the bottom three, Hull stayed in the relegation zone and has just one win in its last 12 league games, having opened the season with two straight victories.
Hull didn't seriously threaten Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes until stoppage time in the second half, when he flung himself to his left to tip aside Adama Diomande's dipping shot.
It was only Middlesbrough's second home win in its first season back in the Premier League.