West Ham suffered an “completely devastating blow” to their Europa League hopes throughout the first half in Frankfurt in line with Ian Darke and Lucy Ward.

Halfway by the half Aaron Cresswell had a reserving upgraded to a sending off for bringing down Jens Hauge and denying a goalscoring alternative.

Jesus Lanzano had initially deemed it a yellow card offence, however after a VAR intervention he upgraded it to a red, leaving the Hammers with a mountain to climb, and their deficit was rapidly elevated to 2 when Rafael Borre scored.

Talking on BT Sport match protection (5 Could, 8.18pm) Darke stated because the red card got here out: “Properly that is a fully devastating blow. Cresswell will get a second red card within the knock out levels and West Ham must do that now with 10 males.”

Former Leeds United ahead Ward then added: “It’s an enormous, huge blow for West Ham. Cresswell will get himself ready the place he will get utterly the flawed aspect.

“In that place do you deliver him down? You’re all the way down to 10 males and now West Ham put themselves in a extremely tough state of affairs.

“[David] Moyes is clearly fuming.”

When Ben Johnson was introduced on to fill the hole on the again Darke stated: “That’s David Moyesresponse to the disaster, and it’s a disaster for West Ham.”


A nervy opening from either side indicated simply how a lot is driving on tonight’s recreation.

An early conflict with Michail Antonio noticed Martin Hinteregger endure a hamstring damage and have to get replaced, in what might show to be telling later within the recreation.

Deafening noise from the house crowd accompanied the motion from the get-go, however the play couldn’t match it till it exploded to stay within the nineteenth minute.

Cresswell obtained his positioning all flawed and was duly punished, and this time had little to complain about in comparison with the contentious red he was proven within the first leg towards Lyon.

Filip Kostic virtually drilled the ensuing free-kick house, however though that went extensive a shell-shocked Irons defence gave Borre an excessive amount of area to brush the opener house on the evening quickly after.

Now trailing 3-1 on combination Moyes wants to provide the staff speak of his life to permit his gamers to regroup and in some way come again within the second half.

In different West Ham information, there’s only one possibility for Hammers participant if he decides he desires to go away the club.

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