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Elmohamady’s Hull draw with Sunderland at home in ‘cup final’
Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady had expressed how critical this game was to the Tigers’ beforehand, by comparing it to a cup final. Hull City started the game in 15th place, just a point above Sunderland. Elmo emphasized, “everyone here wants to win our next game. It is a cup final, like I say.”
Both teams failed to test one another’s keepers in the first 10 minutes of the match. In the 11th minute, Elmohamady was awarded a free-kick on the right wing that was later converted into a goal by Senegalese striker Dame N’Doye, who was assisted by Tom Huddlestone from the set piece.
The remaining minutes of the first half saw both sides battling for a goal, but neither team was successful. In the 36th minute, Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet, was sent off following an argument on the touchline.
The Tigers dominated the majority of the second half until the Black Cats were able to equalize through Jack Rodwell’s header in the 76th minute. The remaining 15 minutes saw promising attacks on both ends of the field as both teams searched for supremacy.
In addition to the relegation battle on the field, Elmohamady fought his own battle throughout the game as he tried to perform against his former club. The Egyptian right wing-back had joined Hull City from the Black Cats following their promotion to the English Premier League back in 2013.
Elmo admitted: “When you face your old club, you concentrate 150 percent, to show everyone how you play.”
Hull City were held to 15th place awaiting the completion of the 28th round of the English Premier League. Next up, Elmohamady and his teammates face Leicester City on the road at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, March 14.