Lyon 0-3 West Ham (1-4 agg): Jarrod Bowen caps off famous night as Hammers head to Europa League semi-finals

On the biggest night in the club’s recent history, the Hammers players more than rose to the occasion as they put their opponents to the sword to seal a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Craig Dawson and Declan Rice gave the visitors control at the break and Jarrod Bowen’s strike early in the second half put the result beyond doubt.

West Ham fans may have been hoping for a semi-final clash against Barcelona, ​​but it’s Eintracht Frankfurt they will meet in the last four, after the Germans beat Xavi’s side at Camp Nou.

The home fans were in high spirits before kick-off and their team responded by starting in impressive fashion. Karl Toko Ekambi hit the post early with a powerful low shot, before Moussa Dembele almost turned a dangerous cross at the far post.

West Ham looked shaky at the back without Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell but started to grow in the game from an attacking perspective. Michail Antonio shrugged off a few challenges and curled a nice cross at the far post, where Jarrod Bowen deflected him wide on the stretch.

Seven minutes before the break, the Hammers took a crucial lead. Pablo Fornals kicked a corner into the near post and Dawson was there to drive it home for his second goal of the Europa League campaign.

The away celebrations were barely over when Rice doubled the lead. A cross headed towards the edge of the penalty area, where the West Ham captain waited to put his side in control of the encounter with the help of a slight deflection.

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A brilliant night became a dream when Bowen extended the lead three minutes after the break. Fornals found the winger in incredible space and he drilled through on goal before shooting past Julian Pollersbeck with supreme confidence.

The Hammers continued to offer a real threat on the break and Antonio fired in a comfortably saved shot at the near post as he looked to end his goalscoring drought.

Dembele sliced ​​a volley wide Malo Gusto had a powerful shot well saved as Lyon searched for a goal that could spark a late comeback.

Dawson, who was imperious throughout, and the West Ham defense were in no mood to forgo freebies and they ensured a famous night was capped off with a clean sheet.

Genk, Rapid Vienna, Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla and now Lyon have been ticked off on this incredible run. Just Eintracht Frankfurt stands between West Ham and a European final.

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