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Elmohamady plays 90′ as Hull grab the goods against Liverpool
Ending a tense week between supporters and Egyptian chairman Assem Allam, Hull City have managed to, for the first time in their history, beat title hopefuls Liverpool. The game started frantically, with both teams looking to gain a foothold as early as possible. With the majority of possession predictably going the way of the visitors early on, it was clear that Hull City would have a battle to gain anything out of the match. The best chance early on fell to defender Curtis Davies, who glanced wide a golden opportunity after a quality cross in from Alex Bruce. The hosts, looking to counter at every opportunity, took the lead in the 19th minute as a moved started by Elmohamady, who stole the ball off a slack Victor Moses, ended up in a deflected goal, with Jake Livermore scoring his first goal for the club. With Skrtel scrambling back to cover the Hull attack, Livermores powerful shot deflected over Mignolet to send the crowd, who were in the middle of a planned protest against the Egyptian chairman’s planned club name change, into raptures.
The lead was short lived though, as an erratic foul by Curtis Davies on Henderson just outside the area led to a sumptuous Gerrard strike. Gerrard managed to completely wrong foot McGregor, Hulls custodian in goals on the day, to curl the ball around the wall and plant it into the bottom right former of the net. With the game evenly poised and the Hull defence very determined to stop the threat of Suarez, Elmohamady almost claimed an assist in the 38th minute, getting on the end of a counter attack by the hosts to whip a ball into the box, which proved to be too high for the oncoming Koren. The last chance of the half fell to Suarez, whose first time shot on the end of a Raheem Sterling through ball was hit straight at McGregor. 1-1 at the break, and all to play for in the second half.
The second half began in the same fashion as the first, with Liverpool again dominating possession. Hull, resilient in defence and brilliant in attack tonight, began a sustained pressure of attack around the 55 minute mark. The pressure almost gave dividends in the 63rd minute as a ball whipped in to the the area was controlled by Brady, who looked as if he was pulled down by Skrtel. The appeals of the players and crowd fell on deaf ears though as the referee cooly declined the decision. With the pressure on the Liverpool players to deliver, Suarez went closest he had done all game in the 70th minute with a shot whistling just wide of the post. With Coutinho lurking at the back post it could have been catastrophic had the Brazilian latched on to it. This signaled a change in tactics for Bruce, who threw Rosenior into the mix a minute later, slotting into right back with Elmohamady moving to the right wing, a move which completely changed the dynamic of the Tigers attack, looking to score a goal to put them one up.
The move paid off in the 72nd minute as a ball into the box from the right wing ping ponged around in the box, drawing a penalty appeal from the crowd. With the appeal swatted aside by the ref, Meylers deflected shot fell straight back to him to take brilliantly on the left foot and send a rasping grass cutter of a shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net, again sending the atmosphere into the clouds and giving Hull the lead. Suarez, brilliantly marshalled all night by Davies and Bruce at the back for Hull had a shot blocked a couple of minutes later, but Hull were on the front foot. The positivity shone through in the 87th minute, as a long ball found Sagbo, who held up play brilliantly to square the ball to Huddlestone, whose shot, which was off target ricocheted off the head of Skrtels head, wrong footing Mignolet and ending up in the back of the net. Elmohamady almost got into the act in the 91st minute, the first minute of four minutes of stoppage time, after a full pitch sprint by the Egyptian ended in him being one on one with Mignolet, with the final shot being sprayed wide from the angle. 3-1 it ended to the hosts, an historic result which had the whole crowd jumping for joy.
Egyptian owned Hull now lie in 10th spot in the Premier League table, pending results of the Manchester City/Swansea and Chelsea/Southampton games. What a week it has been for Egyptians in Europe!
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