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Elmo impresses on Hull’s Premier League return despite loss to Chelsea
Oscar and Frank Lampard gave José Mourinho the perfect start to his new era at Stamford Bridge with a win over Elmohamady’s Hull City on the Tigers’ return to the Premier League.
Chelsea: Petr Čech – Branislav Ivanović, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ashley Cole – Ramires, Frank Lampard – Kevin De Bruyne (André Schürrle, 67th min), Oscar (Marko Van Ginkel, 85th min), Eden Hazard – Fernando Torres (Romelu Lukaku, 75th min).
Hull City: Allan McGregor – Ahmed Elmohamady, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Maynor Figueroa – David Meyler (Tom Huddlestone, 59th min), Robert Koren – Robbie Brady, Sone Aluko (George Boyd, 79th min), Yannick Sagbo – Danny Graham (Jake Livermore, 59th min).
A very good and intense first-half from Chelsea saw all 21 men packed into Hull City’s half with 74%-34% possession in favor of the Blues. Two quality goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard put Chelsea in complete control.
Chelsea were awarded a penalty in the 6th minute after Allan McGregor fouled Fernando Torres in the box, but the Scotland No 1 made amends as he brilliantly parried away Frank Lampard’s spot-kick.
Oscar’s goal came in the 12th minute after some great work by Chelsea’s Belgian connection: A brilliant run by Eden Hazard followed by a Kevin DeBruyne assist.
In the 24th minute, Frank Lampard hammered a stunning free-kick from 35 yards, scoring his 204th goal for Chelsea after Torres was brought down by Chester.
Chelsea’s tempo slowed down in the final minutes of the first-half and Hull City started to get back into the game. Although, in the dying minutes of the first-half McGregor, who was impressive in between the sticks on his Hull City debut, made an astonishing save to deny Ivanović’s header from close-range following a corner.
Bruce’s men improved as the game went on, and the Tigers’ most dangerous chance came in the 72nd minute when Elmohamady played a fine cross to Curtis Davies, who’s header was well saved by Čech.
The game’s tempo slowed down, paving the way for some wasted chances from both sides before the final whistle was blown to hand Hull a 2-0 league opening defeat on their return to the Premier League.
The Egyptian-owned Tigers take on Norwich City at the KC Stadium next week.
Final possession was 57%-43% in favor of Chelsea who had 6 shots on target,while Hull City had 2.
Elmohamady, who played the full 90 minutes, was rated Hull City’s MOTM by WhoScored with a score of 7.8/10 after completing 58/64 passes (15/16 in the attacking third) and 4/4 tackles.
Stats courtesy of FourFourTwo.