Elmohamady’s Hull City reach EFL Cup semi-finals
Ahmed Elmohamady played 79 minutes as Hull City edged Newcastle United on penalties on Tuesday evening, to reach the 2016/17 EFL Cup semi-finals.
In a match of missed chances, Elmohamady made way for James Weir in the 79th minute, as manager Mike Phelan used up his three substitutions simultaneously.
Ten minutes later, Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles crashed into the back of Dieumerci Mbokani and the latter reacted furiously, prompting the referee to send off the Congolese while only cautioning Lascelles.
With the 90 minutes up and the match still scoreless, the quarter-final went to extra time.
Ex-Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame opened the scoring for United in the 98th minute, leaving Tigers’ fans far from amused.
The reply came instantly, however, and Robert Snodgrass needed less than a minute to equalise for his side, after capitalising on a goalkeeping error.
With extra time failing to produce a winner, both sides mentally prepared themselves for a penalty shootout.
The shootout itself proved to be a cakewalk for Hull, a sharp contrast to the previous 120 minutes. Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, and Yoan Gouffran all missed penalties for the Magpies, while Hull scored their first three attempts as they sealed a berth in the tournament semi-finals for the second time in four seasons.
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