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Tottenham edge Hull in penalty thriller

Elmohamady missed the decisive penalty for Hull. (©GettyImages)
Elmohamady missed the decisive penalty for Hull. (©GettyImages).

Hull returned to White Hart Lane looking for revenge on Wednesday evening just three days after a narrow loss in the league to the same opponents.

Tottenham were a little slow to get into their stride but a powerful strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson repaid the noisy home support. The Iceland international swivelled to leave Curtis Davies baffled before sending a fierce shot beyond Eldin Jakupovic and in off the underside of the bar.

Hull substitute Aaron McLean twice shot at goal before his side equalised after George Boyd found Liam Rosenior whose low cross was met by Davies. Brad Friedel made an error with the shot by the defender and bundled the ball into his own net.

Davies and McLean threatened for Hull, but Spurs substitute Harry Kane came closest to a winner in normal time, after having a goal disallowed due to a Jermain Defoe handball before rattling the crossbar deep into injury time.

However, it was Hull who went ahead for the first time in the match as Paul McShane out-jumped Vlad Chiriches at a Boyd corner. The visitors had a chance to extend their lead but Gedo was unable to score from 12-yards out.

Kane, who performed brightly after coming on, equalised after drilling a low shot into the back of the net.

The home fans urged their side forward to look for a winner and, with penalties looming, the odds looked in Hull’s favour as Tottenham have not won a shootout for a long while.

However, in the first five attempts each both teams converted four with McLean and Erik Lamela missing for Hull and Tottenham respectively. In sudden death, the next seven penalties went in until Elmohamady’s effort was saved by Friedel who atoned for his earlier blunder in normal time.

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