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Mark Noble in tears, Michail Antonio chants ‘West Ham are huge’ and Declan Rice aims to dig Moussa Dembele and Lyon – Hammers stars celebrate Europa League semi-finals


West Ham booked their place in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night, marking a huge – or more appropriately, massive – moment for the club.

The Hammers haven’t featured in a European semi-final since 1976, and the player’s reactions on social media showed just how much that means – their club captain Mark Noble pictured in tears.

The Irons are set to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the next round, who they ironically faced in their last European semi-final.
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Mark Noble in tears, Michail Antonio chants 'West Ham are huge' and Declan Rice aims to dig Moussa Dembele and Lyon - Hammers stars celebrate Europa League semi-finals
Dawson opened the scoring on the night, leading a flurry of quick goals to see the Hammers through to the semi-finals after winning 4-1 on aggregate.
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From tears of joy from the long-time Hammers hero to dance moves, fan chants and Twitter digs, the Hammers team have come up with some brilliant social media content for fans to enjoy during a historic night for the east London club.

And while there’s plenty to choose from, here are the best bits…

Emotional Noble Captain

While most of the social reaction has been all about celebration, Mark Noble really summed up what it means for Hammers to reach the semis.

The West Ham skipper is set to end his time as a Hammers first-team player at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old has made over 500 appearances for the Hammers in 18 years after making his debut in 2004.


So it’s no surprise that he broke down in tears after his team’s victory on Thursday.

Posted on West Ham’s Instagram, Noble was pictured with his hand to his face, visibly emotional at the prospect of ending his time at the club with a European trophy.

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Antonio joins ‘West Ham are massive

If West Ham thought they were “massive” before, Thursday night’s win will have exaggerated that even further.

That was the case for star man Michail Antonio, anyway.

Since David Moyes’ side broke into the top four this season, the song ‘West Ham are huge, everywhere we go’ has been sung by Hammers fans ever since.

And after last night’s victory, even Antonio joined us.

Tweeting after the match, coupled with a photo of himself holding his breath, the Jamaican international said: “Can’t hold it long lonnngggerrrr…….

“WEST HAM IS MASSIVE EVERYWHERE WE GO.”

The rice responds

Following the first leg draw at the London Stadium, Lyon’s Twitter admin and star striker Moussa Dembele had a cheeky dig at the Hammers.

“Are you really asking like there’s a chance we won’t cross?” Lyon tweeted a photo of the quarter-final first leg results above.

Lyon’s Dembele also joined in the Irons’ taunts, with the Frenchman winking at the TV cameras as Aaron Cresswell was sent off in the first leg.

So, of course, Rice jumped at the chance to respond after the game.

“And there was some incentive tonight for us to go out there and win, obviously Dembele winking at the camera in the first leg,” the star said.

“And then their Twitter admin kind of says they don’t see how they won’t pass. Then those things come back to bite you.

Soon, Rice also shut down Lyon’s Twitter admin…

Rice is back with a brand new… dance move

Rice, rice, baby didn’t stop there to react to the Hammers’ 3-0 win.

Posting on Twitter, the vice-captain said: “Enjoymentttt! What a night. Goal and in the semi-finals. We will keep pushing.

The post was accompanied by a photo of him performing his best moves for his teammates in the locker room as the celebrations continued.

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