West Ham United beat Anderlecht 0-1 in matchday 3 of the 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League Group B group stage game on Thursday at Lotto Park.
In the first half, the two sides attacked each other many times, especially Benrahma’s rebounded shot was the most thrilling, but unfortunately his shot flew hight out of the pitch. In the second half, West Ham United increased their offensive firepower, and Scamacca broke the deadlock after coming off the bench. Shortly before the end of the game, Silva’s header from close range was bravely saved by a flying Areola. In the end, Anderlecht lost 0-1 to West Ham United. The Belgian Jupiler Pro League giants who succumbed to their first defeat is temporarily ranked second in the group with 4 points; while the Hammers, which maintained their winning run, continued to lead the group with 7 points.
In the 8th minute, Jarrod Bowen made a horizontal from the left. Saïd Benrahma quickly followed up, stopped the ball, turned around and took a long shot with his right foot from the outer edge of the penalty area, however his shot was saved by Hendrik Van Crombrugge who got down to the lower right corner. 9 minutes later, Yari Verschaeren cuts back a pass from the front edge of the byline on the right side of the penalty area, Fábio Silva quickly followed up and took a half-volley with his right foot in the middle of the box, but his shot was accidentally blocked off by teammate, Francis Amuzu.
In the 18th minute, Bowen cuts back a pass on the right side of the penalty area. Benrahma quickly followed up, stopped the ball and then volleyed with his right foot on the left side of the penalty area, but his attempt was blocked by Amadou Diawara’s header. 6 minutes later, Anderlecht made a quick counterattack. Majeed Ashimeru made a through pass from his own back half. Verschaeren quickly followed up and dribbled to the outer edge of the penalty area all by his own, before unleashing a right-footed shot, however his shot was was saved by Alphonse Areola who had to make a flying save at the upper left corner.
In the 31st minute, Vladimír Coufal made a horizontal pass from the right side of the penalty area. Benrahma quickly followed up and struck the ball ball with his left foot in the middle of the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Zeno Debast.
9 minutes later, West Ham United made a quick counterattack. Bowen cuts back a pass from the right side of the penalty area. Benrahma quickly stepped in and shot with his right foot in the middle of the penalty area against the empty goal, however his shot flew high out of the field. The Premier League side missed a golden opportunity to get ahead of their opponents!
Both sides temporarily reached a goalless draw and entered halftime as the first half concluded.
Game continued as both teams switched sides. In the 53rd minute, Michail Antonio made a horizontal pass from the front, Benrahma quickly stepped in to pick up the loose ball at the outer edge of the penalty area and shot with his right foot, but his shot was caught easily by Van Crombrugge. In the 72nd minute, Gianluca Scamacca made a horizontal pass from the front. Flynn Downes quickly followed up, stopped the ball and then volleyed with his left foot in the left half of the penalty area, however his shot flew high out of the pitch.
7 minutes later, Lucas Paquetá made an over-the-top pass from the front, Gianluca Scamacca quickly followed up after beating the offside trap successfully, stopped the ball and then half-volleyed into the bottom left corner of the net, West Ham United finally broke the deadlock and took the lead 0-1! The Italian international center forward scored for the Hammers in 3 consecutive games!
In the 84th minute, Lior Refaelov crossed into the box from the right, Fábio Silva quickly plugged in and jumped high in a very close range in front of the goal in the middle of the penalty area with a header, but his attempt was saved by Areola who had to make a flying save.
The game ended with West Ham United beating Anderlecht 0-1 away.
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