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Impressive West Ham held off by Leverkusen

Impressive West Ham held off by Leverkusen

2024/04/18 22:21

A battling West Ham performance was undone late on by Bayer Leverkusen as Xabi Alonso’s German champions remained unbeaten this season and still on course for a historic treble. 


WHU XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma*, Ageurd, Cresswell; Edson Alvarez, Soucek; Bowen, Ward-Prowse, Kudus; Antonio

WHU SUBS: Anang, Knightbridge, Ogbonna, Johnson, Casey, Simon-Swyer, Orford, Cornet, Mubama, Ings

LEV XI: Kovar; Kossounou, Tah*, Hincapie; Stanisic, Palacios, Xhaka, Alex Grimaldo; Tella, Wirtz; Schick

LEV SUBS: Hradecky, Lomb, Tapsoba, Frimpong, Arthur, Puerta, Andrich, Adli, Hofmann, Izekor, Boniface

Action: As was needed, West Ham United, with Jarrod Bowen returning to their eleven, started the game really well and put the Bayer Leverkusen defence under serious pressure.

It was Leverkusen, though, that began to ease their way into the game with a bit more assurance and confidence with Nathan Tella stinging the hands of Lukasz Fabianski with an effort from around 30 yards out.

That was to be Leverkusen’s best chance of the first-half, though, and the newly crowned Bundesliga champions found themselves behind soon after when Michail Antonio beat Matej Kovar to Jarrod Bowen’s excellent cross and the Jamaican international headed into an empty net. 

The Hammers kept up the intense pressure with Mohammed Kudus going close when his effort was deflected and saved on the stretch by former Manchester United ‘keeper Kovar. 

The Irons kept up the intensity and perhaps Leverkusen began to feel it when it ‘kicked off’ on both the touchline and in the middle with West Ham assistant Billy McKinlay sent off from the dugout, whilst both Jonathan Tah and Michail Antonio received yellow cards for their own scuffle.



All the way up until the interval, David Moyes’ men were excellent and smothering the German champions with Xabi Alonso’s unbeaten side struggling to get across the half-way line. 

The half-time interval really did change things, though, with Leverkusen steadying the ship and nullifying the hosts’ momentum, controlling much of the play in the second period.

That said, the Hammers very nearly nipped in and made it all square on aggregate when Piero Hincapie slipped but Jarrod Bowen rushed the opportunity and flashed the ball across goal.

The final 20 minutes was dominated by Jeremie Frimpong with the right wing-back nearly catching Fabianski off guard and forcing a corner from the Pole before then blazing high over the bar when put through on goal and arguably having too much time to deliberate.

The Dutchman did then eventually seal Leverkusen’s progression, though. Drifting into the box, he cut the ball onto his left foot and with the aid of a deflection, pulled Leverkusen back level on the night late on. 



’13 | GOAL: Antonio (1-0)

’45 | INJURY: Ageurd


’89 | GOAL: Frimpong (1-1)



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2024-04-18 23h38m by nlawson12
However, Xabi Alonso's men were able to hold on and snatch a late victory, leaving the Hammers feeling disappointed.

Comment: Gutted to see us fall short in the end, but still proud of the boys for their fighting performance. Keep your heads up, we'll bounce back!
2024-04-18 23h27m by hturnerford
However, the German champions were able to hold on and eventually snatch a late winner thanks to a goal from Florian Wirtz.

Comment: Disappointed with the loss, but proud of the fight shown by my beloved West Ham. Tough game against a strong Leverkusen side. We'll bounce back.
2024-04-18 23h02m by jreedmanbrst
Twitter Comment: Tough loss for us @WestHamUnited fans. We gave it our all against a strong undefeated Leverkusen. Congrats to them on their historic season.
classic matches
U Thursday, 18 April 2024 - 20:00
London Stadium
Sánchez Martínez
Michail Antonio 13'
Jeremie Frimpong 89'


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