West Ham United powered into their first main European semi-final since 1976 with an emphatic 3-0 win at Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday to safe a 4-1 combination victory within the Europa League quarter-final. The London facet, who gained the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965, overpowered their French opponents and objectives by Craig Dawson, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen arrange a repeat of their 1976 semi-final in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt, who knocked out Barcelona.
After a 1-1 draw at residence, West Ham soaked up early strain on the Groupama Stadium earlier than hitting Lyon in ruthless style to lead 2-0 at halftime.
Bowen added the third aim quickly after the interval and there was no manner again for Lyon.
“We’ve got a really good group of lads, I’m really lucky,” West Ham supervisor David Moyes stated.
“The journey in two years, we were talking about relegation, and now we’re talking about getting to the semi-final of a European tournament. It’s fabulous. Tonight was a big moment for us, a really, really good result.”
The hosts made a daring begin, with Karl Toko Ekambi’s shot from inside the world crashing onto Alphonse Areola’s put up after 5 minutes.
West Ham, nonetheless, had been additionally harmful and Pablo Fornals threatened with a half volley that was nicely blocked by Julian Pollersbeck.
Lyon continued to pile the strain however the London facet stored their composure and opened the scoring seven minutes from the break.Dawson headed residence on the close to put up from Fornals’s nook and so they doubled the benefit six minutes later, benefiting from Lyon’s shaky defending.
Rice collected a clearance from the Lyon defence simply outdoors the world and beat Pollersbeck with a low shot to give Moyes’s group a snug halftime lead.
Lyon’s hopes had been all however over three minutes into the second half after supervisor Peter Bosz had despatched on Tete and Lucas Paqueta to enhance his attacking line.
Fornals despatched a diagonal go to Bowen, who raced down the center and fired a searing shot past Pollersbeck.
Moussa Dembele and Tete had probabilities for Lyon however lacked precision and West Ham comfy closed out the win, solely Lyon’s third residence defeat within the competitors in 24 video games.
A modest tenth within the Ligue 1 standings, Lyon have little left to play for this season and their followers vented their frustration as a safety cordon was deployed round their bench within the closing levels of the sport.
“We played well in London and we started well today with some great chances. But that’s European football. When you lose, you’re out,” Bosz stated.
“I understand the fans’ frustration but you don’t destroy your stadium, you can’t do that”
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