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Elmo shines against former club as Hull snatch vital points at Sunderland
In a crucial game for the two teams, as both of them were looking to pull away from the bottom three, Elmo managed to put in a good shift for the Tigers.
It was clear at the start of the game that Steve Bruce instructed Elmohamady to mark Fabio Borini, an encounter which was at first highlighted as one of the game’s key battles. However, Fabio Borini had to be sacrificed after four minutes due to Wes Brown’s sending off, which made Elmo’s game easier and he capitalized perfectly on the acres of space he was given.
In the 16th minute, Ahmed Elmohamady’s corner caused trouble inside the Sunderland box, before the chance eventually was converted by Shane Long to give Hull their first goal of the evening.
15 minutes later, the Egyptian wing-back gave Shane Long two inch perfect crosses, however the Irish striker failed to hit the target with either one. Hull City were dominant for the rest of the first half, and went to the dressing rooms as the leaders.
The second half was almost the very same as the first one, due to the Tigers’ capitalization on Sunderland’s shortage of players. In the 60th minute, Nikica Jelavic ended his goal drought with what proved to be Hull’s winner.
Ahmed Elmohamady continued his good shift on the right side and with 15 minutes to go, Elmo swerved in another one of his trademark crosses, this time Nikica Jelavic barely missed the target with his right foot.
Marcus Alonso, Sunderland’s left back had a very hard time marking Elmohamady throughout the game, mainly due to the Egyptian’s pace.
This is Hull’s first win in the last six English Premier League games, a win which took them up to 10th, with 4 points above the relegation zone.
Elmohamady vs Sunderland – In Numbers:
87 Touches of the ball. (Hull’s joint leader)
64 Passes, 88% Pass accuracy
3 Key passes
3 Dribbles completed