UEFA Europa League: West Ham United beat Olympique Lyon 3-0 (4-1 aggregate) to qualify for the Semifinals. But the loss was marred by controversy as the Lyon fans threatened to storm the pitch.
The UEFA Europa League tie was in the balance as West Ham United travelled to Lyon on Thursday. The home supporters were very confident going into the game as they felt their team had an advantage.
But things changed quickly as Dawson and Rice scored in the 38th and 44th minute to give the Hammers a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Hence this gave West Ham a huge advantage going into the second half.
A reaction was expected from Olympique Lyon in the second half. But Bowen scored in the 48th minute to extend the Hammers’ lead instead. The French side failed to score a single goal as they bowed out of the Europa League.
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The Olympique Lyon supporters had created a fantastic atmosphere in the Groupama Stadium. Before the game, the fans had gathered and welcomed the team bus to boost the morale of the players.
To add to this, there was a fireworks show within the stadium and the fans were singing loud chants even before the game began. Hence the Lyon supporters did everything on their part to motivate the team.
But Lyon’s performance in the first half saw the home side return to the dressing room getting booed. Things did not improve in the second half as well and Olympique Lyon were eventually humiliated 3-0.
Even though Lyon had more of the possession, they failed to create clear-cut chances. On the other hand, West Ham United made the most of their chances to comfortably win the game.
As per the Mirror, Wild scenes ensued at full time as West Ham United’s players and staff celebrated their victory on the pitch. The angered the Lyon fans even more as they tried to enter the pitch.
The Ultras section reportedly smashed the barriers and attempted to climb over them. Riot police had to be called to control the situation as the home fans were left completely fuming over their team’s performance.
What’s next for West Ham United?
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West Ham United will next face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semifinals. The first leg of the tie will be played in London on 28th April while the second leg will be played on 6th May.
Eintracht Frankfurt are coming into the game after a 4-3 aggregate win over Barcelona. Hence this would surely not be an easy game for the Hammers as they look to achieve European glory!