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VIDEO: Egyptian-owned Hull City promoted to the Premier League in dramatic fashion
Ahmed Elmohamady and Ahmed Fathi featured in what was Hull City’s Premier League decider against league champions Cardiff City. Hull City had to win or equal rivals Watford’s result, who were at home to Leeds in an intense encounter.
Hull City were given an indirect boost before the game started, when Watford keeper Manuel Almunia was injured 30 minutes before kick-off, meaning reserve keeper Jonathon Bond would start.
Steve Bruce gambled with a formation change switching to a 4-4-2 with Ahmed Elmohamady starting at right midfield, while fellow Egyptian international Ahmed Fathi started on the bench. Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ was once again not included due to a foot injury.
Hull started brightly with the 23,000+ Hull City fans at the KC Stadium to boost the players’ morale. Elmohamady produced multiple dangerous crosses early on causing trouble for the Cardiff defence, although, the first half was relatively quiet and ended 0-0.
In the 24th minute, Watford keeper Jonathon Bond was knocked unconscious and stretchered off before eventually being replaced by their third choice keeper for his Championship debut, and forcing 16 minutes of injury time in the first half. This delay would cause a dramatic ending to the season as Watford’s game would finish 15 minutes later than the Tigers’. Leeds scored in the 42nd minute and Watford equalised straight away in the 5th minute of injury time.
Hull City started the second half just as the half-time whistle was blown at Watford. It took five minutes for former Hull City player Frazier Campbell to score for Cardiff. However, Hull City fought back showing amazing character and equalised in the 58th minute thanks to Nick Proschwitz who slotted home, minutes after missing a glorious chance to score. In the 63rd minute, Paul McShane put Hull City in the lead after finishing from inside the box following a Robbie Brady corner.
In the 87th minute Ahmed Fathi replaced Robbie Brady, and within a minute of him coming on Cardiff defender Andrew Taylor was sent off after a second yellow card for fouling Elmohamady. In the 3rd minute of injury time, Hull City were awarded a penalty resulting in a massive pitch invasion before the final whistle. The players and stewards ushered the fans off in order for the penalty to be taken.
The resulting penalty was saved by the Cardiff keeper Marshall, who managed to clear the ball leading to a counter attack before Cardiff were awarded their own penalty in the 4th minute of injury time when Abdoulaye Faye handballed the ball in the box. Nicky Maynard made no mistake to leave Hull’s fate rested in Watford’s hands as the game ended 2-2.
It became a waiting game with the Hull City players watching the last 10 minutes of the Watford game on television.
To add to the drama, Watford, who were down to 10 men after Troy Deeney was sent off in the 61st minute, conceded an 89th minute goal when Ross McCormack chipped the rookie keeper – who made a horrendous error.
The game ended 2-1 to Leeds resulting in Hull City securing second place in the Championship and achieving automatic promotion to the Barclay’s Premier League next season.
Sky Sports were showing the players reactions to the final whistle, with Elmohamady showing off some dancing moves rather amusingly. It was a wonderful performance by Hull City and congratulations to them for securing their deserved promotion.
Meanwhile, at the AMEX staduim Brighton beat Wolves 2-0 meaning they confirmed their 4th place finish thanks to two goals from LuaLua. El-Abd came on in the 71st minute and the Egypt international slotted in at left-back.
Ahmad Yousef: Follow @EgyptianPlayers