It has been quite a first half at a chilly KC Stadium on Saturday.
First Manchester City were reduced to 10-men in dramatic fashion, but then they went ahead through an absolute stunner despite being down to 10-men. It’s a funny old game…
First, Hull’s Nikica Jelavic was involved in a hugely controversial incident in the ninth minute, as Man City’s skipper Vincent Kompany dallied on the ball as the last man and was caught in possession by Jelavic. The Hull striker broke free and as he ran clean through on goal, Kompany hauled him to the ground and was handed a straight red card by referee Lee Mason. Kompany protested but City were down to 10-men, as their skipper kicked the wall of the tunnel in frustration.
But soon City’s cries of disbelief were replaced with delight, as David Silva bent in an absolute beauty in the 14th minute. Yaya Toure won the ball and played in Silva, whose sublime first touch set himself up to bend a boomerang of a shot into the top corner and put Man City 1-0 up.
The Citizens went close to going 2-0 ahead when Pablo Zabaleta smashed the underside of the bar, but the score remains 1-0 to the visitors at half time.
Watch the second half unfold live on NBCSN and online via Live Extra.