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VIDEO: Elmohamady nets goal as Hull City suffer defeat to Chelsea
The game was Elmohamady’s 30th consecutive Premier League start of the season, and his 35th in all competitions this season.
— Hull City Official (@HullCity) March 22, 2015
Two minutes after kick-off, Belgian international Eden Hazard scored the game’s first goal with a thunderous long shot.
Ex-Palermo striker Abdel Hernandez wasted a glorious chance to equalise on the other side of the pitch, which would have uplifted his team’s morale.
Costa then made is 2-0 in the fifth minute with a brilliant finish, latching onto Hazard’s perfectly slotted ball.
Hull City looked determined to get back into the game, however, no real danger was applied to Courtois goal.
It wasn’t until the 25th minute when Hull scored twice with 74 seconds in between. The first came through Ahmed Elmohamady, smashing the ball into an empty net. The second resulted from a Courtois-Ivanovic miscommunication, giving Hernandez an easy opportunity to score.
Hull scored the quickest back-to-back goals in the #BPL this season (74 secs), beating Chelsea's 2 goals in 77 secs against Swansea.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) March 22, 2015
Chelsea kept the ball for themselves in the second half, exchanging it well, however, Hull City were well organised at the back, leaving no space for errors to be exploited by Chelsea’s forwards except once.
Cesc Fabregas came close to scoring a few minutes after the half-time whistle, Hazard playing the role of the playmaker again.
The game got very physical at times. Jake Livermore was booked for a cheeky foul on Costa, increasing the tension between both players.
Courtois, one of the games best players, made 3 successive saves in the space of 10 seconds, preventing Hull City to go forward for the first time in the game.
José Mourinho then made a change which proved vital by bringing on Loic Remy for Costa. The Frenchman scored his fourth goal in four Premier League appearances against Hull with his first touch of the game, latching onto a Willian cross.
Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic was soon awarded with his ninth yellow card of the season with a dangerous late tackle on Nigeria international Sone Aluko, five minutes before the game’s final whistle.
Chelsea thus move six points clear at the top, while Hull City stay at 15th with 28 points from 30 games, with their next game set to be held on Saturday against Swansea.