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West Ham United 1-1 Lyon

West Ham United and Lyon will head into next week’s second leg in France on level terms.

In the circumstances, it’s a creditable draw for the Hammers after Bowen gave the hosts a second-half lead despite their being reduced to 10 men late in the first half.

Ndombele caught an equaliser for Lyon, but they couldn’t break down the Londoners again.

West Ham United will not have Aaron Cresswell in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League.

Starting Lineup:

WEST HAM UNITED (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola;

Ryan Fredericks, Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell;

Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice (c); Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals;

Michail Antonio.

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SUBS: Lukasz Fabianski, Arthur Masuaku, Sonny Perkins, Nikola Vlasic, Mark Noble, Ajibola Alese, Issa Diop, Ben Johnson, Darren Randolph, Alex Kral, Vladimir Coufal, Andriy Yarmolenko.

 

LYON (4-4-2): Anthony Lopes;

Malo Gusto, Jerome Boateng, Castello Lukeba, Emerson;

Romain Faivre, Thiago Mendes, Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar;

Lucas Paqueta, Moussa Dembele (c).

 

SUBS: Julian Pollersbeck, Mateus Tete, Tinotenda Kadewere, Bradley Barcola, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Jason Denayer, Henrique, Kayne Bonnevie, Damien Da Silva, Leo Dubois, Karl Toko Ekambi.

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Goals:

WEST HAM UNITED 1-0 LYON! Finally, West Ham has got the lucky break they need! Fornals intercepts Gusto’s pass, allowing him to thread a ball into the box. It deflects off Boateng into the path of Bowen, who spins on the spot to loop it into the net! It’s a big goal by West Ham’s man of the hour!

WEST HAM UNITED 1-1 LYON! Tete makes an immediate impact by setting up Lyon’s equaliser! The Brazilian jinks down the right and fires a dangerous cross into the six-yard box that Areola can’t handle. The ball rebounds to Ndombele, who’s unmarked and prods it home.

What does it mean? All to play for in the second leg.

West Ham fans must have been fearing the worst when Cresswell was given his marching orders, but it is all to play for in the second leg.

The Premier League club has gone seven games without defeat at the London Stadium in all competitions, while Lyon has avoided defeat in seven European meetings with English opposition.

So, what’s next?

Then, these two teams will meet again in Lyon, with this quarter-final tie tantalisingly poised. Given West Ham’s resilience here, a win away from home is by no means beyond them.

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