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.
FT: Hull City 0-2 Manchester City. City bounce back from 10th-minute Kompany red card with goals from Silva and Dzeko.— B/R Football (@br_football) March 15, 2014
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.
David Silva at the heart of everything today. Great goal in first half & assists Dzeko for the second. So good. Hull City 0-2 Man City— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) March 15, 2014
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:
David Silva is a visionary. What a performance for City, down to 10 men for most of the game. These are the games that decide titles.— Anthony Lopopolo (@sportscaddy) March 15, 2014
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:
Since his arrival in the Premier League in 2010, David Silva leads the #EPL in assists (38) from Wayne Rooney (35) and Juan Mata (30).— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) March 15, 2014
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:
What an important result. Silva unreal.— Nicola McCarthy (@mccarthy_mcfc) March 15, 2014
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.