With his team reeling from an early red card to captain Vincent Kompany, Manchester City's David Silva stepped up and delivered a huge performance to give City a 0-2 win over Hull City Tigers.
The result keeps the team in the race for the Premier League title, and this was exactly the kind of game that can decide a championship at the end of the year.
Hull City proved to be a very difficult opponent for the Citizens, and as BeINSPORTS Kay Murray put it, Silva played a crucial role in his team surviving this rugged opponent.
Kompany's red card put City in a difficult position, and the Belgian skipper was visibly frustrated with the decision. Down to 10 man, City decided to drop Yaya Toure and Javi Garcia one line back, putting Silva in charge of all the creativity in midfield.
Within four minutes the Spanish midfielder would have the ball in the back of the net with a beautiful curling shot.
Anthony Lopopolo was impressed:
Silva remained active all game long, distributing the ball from the centre of the pitch despite the numerical advantage the Tigers had in midfield.
According to Whoscored.com, Silva was able to complete 87 percent of his passes on 94 total touches, astonishing numbers if fans consider Hull had one extra player on the pitch for 80 minutes.
Edin Dzeko would score the goal that settled matters late in the second half, and, unsurprisingly, Silva provided the Bosnian with the assist.
As shared by Infostrada Sports, the Spaniard is pretty good at that:
Silva's performance ensured City took all three points from this tie. With the EPL season nearing its end, those points could prove to be the difference in a title chase that is set to go to the wire. Team journalist Nicola McCarthy summed up City's afternoon nicely:
If City end up winning the league title this year, there's a good chance we'll look back at today's game as a turning point, with a masterful Silva as the man who orchestrated his team to the win.