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Late Leverkusen show leaves Hammers in peril

Late Leverkusen show leaves Hammers in peril

2024/04/11 22:27

Two typically late goals means that the dominant force in German football this season, Bayer Leverkusen, will take a 2-0 lead to London against West Ham United next week in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie. 


LEV XI: Kovar; Stanisic, Tah*, Tapsoba; Frimpong, Palacios, Xhaka, Alex Grimaldo; Wirtz, Adli; Schick

LEV SUBS: Hradecky, Lomb, Arthur, Hincapie, Kossounou, Andrich, Puerta, Hofmann, Tella, Borja Iglesias, Boniface

WHU XI: Fabianski; Mavropanos, Zouma*, Cresswell; Coufal, Soucek, Ward-Prowse, Emerson; Kudus, Paqueta; Antonio

WHU SUBS: Anang, Knightbridge, Ageurd, Ogbonna, Johnson, Casey, Orford, Earthy, Cornet, Mubama, Ings

Action: The runaway Bundesliga league leaders Bayer Leverkusen began the game in dominant style and really put West Ham under pressure in the early stages at the BayArena.

However, despite the pressure, the biggest chance of the opening stages came to the visitors on the counter attack when Mohammed Kudus unleashed a really tame effort that was easily saved by Matej Kovar.

Leverkusen then began to have their own genuine chances as the half wore on with Amine Adli forcing an excellent save from Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham then used Leverkusen losing their heads a bit after Lucas Paqueta’s late challenge on Jeremie Frimpong and the Irons arguably went into the interval as the slightly better side.

However, the vast majority of the second-half was played deep in West Ham territory but David Moyes’ deep defensive block gave up few clear cut chances until very late on.

A goal did eventually come when from a corner, Jonathan Tah headed back across, Victor Boniface failed to connect meaningfully but the ball bounced out to Jonas Hofmann and, on the volley, drilled low and hard through Hammers bodies.

Tah then had three excellent opportunities to score from another set-piece but some excellent yet desperate Irons defending kept the score at just one.

That was until second-half stoppage-time when Jonas Hofmann whipped an inch perfect cross into the aforementioned Boniface and he glanced a header into the bottom corner. 



The big picture: Bayer Leverkusen are now unbeaten in 42 matches across all competitions so far this season as Xabi Alonso chases a potential treble with the Germans this season. They can win the Bundesliga this weekend. West Ham face Fulham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon but will potentially heavily rotate as they try and keep their European dream alive.

Man of the match: Jonathan Tah. The Germany centre-back was essential in the final third for Leverkusen but also supremely confident at the back, limiting any Hammers attacks throughout.




’84 | GOAL: Hofmann (1-0)

’90 | GOAL: Boniface (2-0)



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2024-04-12 00h15m by mfosterfield
They were rewarded for their efforts in the 27th minute when Patrik Schick broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal. Leverkusen continued to dominate possession and created several chances, but West Ham's defense held strong and the visitors went into the half-time break just one goal down.

Twitter comment: Wow, what a dominant display from Leverkusen in the first half! Schick's goal was well-deserved and we're looking strong going into the second half. Let's keep
2024-04-11 23h55m by awalkerson7
Their attacking trio of Florian Wirtz, Patrik Schick, and Karim Adli looked dangerous, with Schick in particular causing problems with his movement and hold-up play. However, West Ham's defense held firm and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made some key saves to keep the score level.

Wow, what a game! Leverkusen really showed why they're on top in Germany. Schick was on fire, but Fabianski kept us in it. Can't wait
2024-04-11 23h23m by edavidson
As a fan of Bayer Leverkusen, I'm feeling disappointed with the late goals from West Ham. We had such a strong start and it's frustrating to see our dominance not translate into a bigger lead. Hopefully we can regroup and come back even stronger in the second leg in London
2024-04-11 22h47m by ocollinsworth
But despite their dominance, it took them until the 79th minute to break through the Hammers' defense with a goal from star striker Patrik Schick. And just three minutes later, Leverkusen doubled their lead with a goal from midfielder Nadiem Amiri. The late goals were enough to secure a 2-0 victory for Leverkusen and give them a comfortable advantage heading into the second leg in London next week.

Comment: What a performance from @bayer04
classic matches
U Thursday, 11 April 2024 - 20:00
Artur Soares Dias
Jonas Hofmann 83'
Victor Boniface 90'


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