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Lyon 0-3 West Ham (agg 1-4), OL hammered | UEFA Europa League

Three goals in the space of 11 minutes before and after the break gave West Ham their first semi-final in a major UEFA competition for 46 years.

THREE POINTS THAT’S ALL

1/ First European half since 1976 for West Ham
2/ Karl Toko Ekambi finds the entrance post
3/ OL pays for its mistakes in cash

The game

Les Gones seemed surprised by the high pressing of David Moyes’ men, but following a small number in the middle of the London defenders, Karl Toko Ekambi found the post with a powerful strike from the right on Lyon’s first foray into the English area. The Lyonnais chained good crosses, in particular from Malo Gusto on the right side, without really finding a taker and suffered a first big alert on the goal of Julian Pollersbeck, established in place of Anthony Lopes, injured, but Jarrod Bowen, found at the far post by a cross from Michail Antonio, failed to straighten the ball into the goal.

Peter Bosz’s players were punished in the last ten minutes of the first half, first by Craig Dawson, who header the ball from close range at the near post from a corner, then by Declan Rice, who inherited the ball on the edge of the box after a clearance from the Lyon defense and saw his curling shot deflected into Pollersbeck’s goal.

The second period began under the same auspices despite the entries of Lucas Paquetá and Tetê. Found alone in the center of the field, Jarrod Bowen accelerated and deceived the German goalkeeper from OL with a cross shot from the right. Stunned, Lyon tried to go towards the English goal but proved to be not very dangerous, obtaining their best opportunity on a volley from the left of Moussa Dembélé which passed just above the goal of Alphonse Areola after the hour mark.

Semi-finals (April 28 and May 5)

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Moussa Dembélé, Lyon, striker
At the top level, it does not forgive. They had three chances, three goals and the game is over. Throughout the tournament, we had good performances. It’s the first loss today. We wanted to qualify to give a little balm to our season which is complicated. We have to refocus on the championship and give everything until the end of the season. The season is not over, it’s up to us to get back to the championship quickly and grab as many points as possible.

Jason Denayer, Lyon, defender
The whole team believed in it before the match. We haven’t put in place what we needed to realize our chances and be solid enough defensively because we see that they score three goals on actions that are not really dangerous at the base. We didn’t know how to put everything in place collectively to make a difference and they did. It’s normal for our supporters to be disappointed because we’re not having a good season in the league and there we had the opportunity to make a difference and we didn’t. I understand their anger.

Issa Diop, West Ham, defender
We managed to be efficient. We held on defensively, we got through this first quarter of an hour which was a bit difficult. Then we scored from a set piece, one of our strengths, and we scored this second goal which allowed us to get our heads out of the water a bit. I think we suffered a lot anyway. I found the Lyon players good, they had very good possession. They failed to score. I think they were the better team on the round trip and we were more efficient.

In stats

  • West Ham became only the second English club to win at Lyon, after Arsenal in 2001
  • Lyon suffered their first home defeat in 13 UEFA competition matches (W4 D8)
  • West Ham had lost their last five away matches in all competitions
  • West Ham have won two of their three European semi-finals
  • OL have failed to find the net for only the second time in their last 29 UEFA Europa League games

Composition

Lyons : Pollersbeck; Gusto, Denayer (Queen Adelaide, 89e), Lukeba, Emerson; Ndombélé (Lucas Paquetá 46e), Mendes; Faivre (Head 46e), Aouar (Barcola 71e), Toto Ekambi; Dembele

West Ham : Areola; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson; Souček, Rice (Benrahma 90e), Fornals; Bowen, Antonio (Yarmolenko 84e), Lanzini (Noble 76e)

Europa League Final 2022


The Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium in Seville will host the final on Wednesday 18 May.

The winners will earn a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they did not qualify through their domestic league.

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