Elmohamady’s Hull City shock defending champions Leicester City in Premier League opener
A solid performance at right-back from Elmohamady was key in snuffing out Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy, Nigerian Ahmed Musa and Algerian Riyad Mahrez.
The mood going into the game was downbeat to say the least, with protests against Hull’s Egyptian ownership spoiling the opening proceedings for the home side. However, as the game progressed the crowd began to become more supportive of their team.
The match was slow to start with, but Leicester looked the most likely to score. With 19 minutes on the clock, Mahrez shot wide after some good work from Musa.
A one-two between Christian Fuchs and Musa setup the best chance of the half for Leicester, as a good save from Jakupovic and an even better block from Jake Livermore prevented Leicester from drawing first blood.
Against the run of play Hull managed to score the first goal of the season coming from a corner. Curtis Davies headed towards goal and a fantastic save from Kasper Schmeichel was not enough after Diomande’s acrobatic effort came off the bar and in.
Hull went into the break ahead, but their lead did not last long. Controversially, Demarai Gray was fouled on the edge of the box for a penalty and Mahrez dispatched calmly down the middle of the net.
The game then took another twist as Elmohamady’s cross into the box was rebounded back to Robert Snodgrass on the edge of the box, who volleyed with precision into the bottom corner with 30 minutes left to play.
Leicester pressed late on into the game but the substitutions of Okazaki, Ulloa and Amartey were not enough to salvage a draw.
What a start to the big league, lads been class today #hcfc
— Ahmed Elmohamady (@Elmo_27) August 13, 2016
This is the first time a reigning champion has lost the opening fixture of the season since 1989. Caretaker manager Mike Phelan has got his first win under his belt and the feeling around Hull City is much more positive going into next weekend against Swansea.
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