Manchester City escaped the KC Stadium with all three points on Saturday, but the Citizens were given an almighty scare in their 4-2 win over Hull City.
The reigning Premier League champions raced into a 2-0 lead early on as Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko struck within the first 11 minutes, but Hull came roaring back after Eliaquim Mangala scored an own goal and then gave aaway a reckless penalty kick which Abel Hernandez scored to make it 2-2. The second half was an even affair but Dzeko put City 3-2 up and then Frank Lampard jumped off the bench to score for the second-straight game running and make it 4-2.
An enthralling game down by the banks of the River Humber.
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City fired themselves into an early 2-0 lead within the first 11 minutes as Aguero and Dzeko both scored at the KC. After Hull failed to clear a looping ball into the box, Aguero fired home in clinical fashion for his fourth goal of the season. Moments later David Silva played in Dzeko and the Bosnian teed himself up before firing an unstoppable effort into the top corner from 20-yards out. 2-0.
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An own goal from Mangala brought Hull back into the game midway through the first half, as he headed a cross from the right past Caballero and into his own net. 2-1.
Mangala’s day went from bad to worse as in the 31st minute he gave away a penalty kick for scissor kicking Abel Hernandez in the chest. Hull’s new Uruguayan forward dusted himself off to slot home the PK, scoring for the second-straight home game, to make it 2-2 as City blew a 2-0 lead at the KC Stadium.
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After half time, City began to pile on the pressure but Hull looked dangerous on the break as both teams pressed to go ahead. Dzeko struck to put City 3-2 up in the 68th minute minute as the Bosnian bagged his fourth goal of the season. Hull then came surging back again as Tom Huddlestone saw his shot deflected over and Gaston Ramirez came close to beating Caballero.
Late on Pablo Zabaleta ran to the byline and cut the ball back for substitute Frank Lampard to slot home coolly and seal the three points for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Davies, Dawson, Robertson (Brady. 83′), Huddlestone, Livermore (Ben Arfa, 73′), Diame, Elmohamady, Jelavic, Hernandez (Ramirez, 74′)
Goals: Mangala, own goal (21′), Hernandez (32′)
Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho (Navas, 66′), Toure, Silva (Demichelis, 78′), Aguero (Lampard, 72′), Dzeko
Goals: Aguero (7′), Dzeko (11′, 68′), Lampard (87′)