Leicester City are the first reigning champions in Premier League history to lose their opening game of the season.
Crisis-ridden Hull are back to the premier league with a bang after a shock win against champions Leicester city. An acrobatic goal from Diomande and a stunning strike from Snodgrass ensure Mahrez penalty did not influence the outcome of the game.
Hull city’s preseason has been marred by a number of crisis ranging from Manager Steve Bruce walking out on the club to the fans protesting against owner Assem Allan. The tigers had only 13 first team Players coming into this match and Mike Phelan said he is pessimistic ahead of the campaign. So Hull city was not given a chance coming into this game.
Champions Leicester city came into the game full of confidence and belief to carry on the kind of form which help them clinch the title. Six new singings have been added to boost their defence of the title. Ahmed Musa and Luis Hernandez made their debuts.
Hull city fielded midfielder Jake Livermore played as a makeshift centre back, an evidence to the crisis at the club.
That did not deter the newly promoted club though, as the team started well. Nice passes and movements helped the team create the first chance of the game in the sixth minute. Robert Snodgrass’ corner kick was headed over by Curtis Davies.
Leicester city gradually get into the game but they spurned many of their scoring chances though. Christian Fuchs saw an effort blocked, Mahrez drag another wide while Vardy blazed horribly over the bar.
Those opportunities missed prove costly, though, when Hull went the other end to score from a Robert Snodgrass corner.
Three minutes before half time, Davies again met Snodgrass corner which forced a save from Schmeichel, but Diomande and Abel Hernandez both went for the rebound but it is the former’s bicycle kick that guided the ball into the net.
Any confidence gained by Hull during the break soon diminished 14 seconds into the match. Leicester city was awarded a penalty for a foul on Demarai Gray by Tom Huddlestone, a call which seems harsh and debatable.
Mahrez stepped up to convert the chance as Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic dive to his left while Mahrez sent the ball to the middle. That parity didn’t last though, as Snodgrass restore the lead 10 minutes later.
Having made a good save, keeper Schmeichel tried to launch a counter attack with a quick throw to the halfway line. Hull intercepted the ball and man of the match Robert Snodgrass released El Mohamady down the right. El mohamady delivered an impressive cross into the box, only for Danny Simpson to clear.
The clearance only went as far as Robert Snodgrass at the edge of the box though, and the midfielder unleashed a wonderful strike into the bottom corner of the left of the net. Thereby, sending the home fans into delirium.
Leicester tried to fight back but Hull managed to hang on with relatively ease to inflict a first league defeat on Leicester since going down 2-1 at Arsenal on February 14, while the Foxes also became the first champions to lose on the opening day of the season since Arsenal in 1989.