Monday 26 September 2016

Astra shocker for Hammers

West Ham Utd 0 Astra Giurgiu 1 (Astra win 2-1 ON AGG)

Published 26/08/2016 | 02:30

West Ham and Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph goes head over heels during last night's defeat against Astra. Photo: Reuters
West Ham and Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph goes head over heels during last night's defeat against Astra. Photo: Reuters
West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna in action with FC Astra Giurgiu's Denis Alibec. Photo: Reuters
Astra Giurgiu's Fabricio (left) and West Ham United's Ashley Fletcher (centre) battle for the ball. Photo: PA Wire
West Ham United's Winston Reid and Enner Valencia in action with FC Astra Giurgiu's Silviu Lung. Photo: Reuters
Astra Giurgiu's Cristian Oros (left) and West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate (right) battle for the ball. Photo: PA Wire

London's Olympic Stadium was built for the biggest occasions, but there will be no more European football there this season. West Ham United were knocked out of the Europa League last night, losing to Astra Giurgiu and looking disjointed and lost in the heat and under lights.

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To put the upset into context, Astra's Stadionul Marin Anastasovici has a capacity of just 8,500 and is seven times smaller than West Ham's new home. Little wonder, then, that boos rang out on the final whistle.

The only goal came on the stroke of half-time. Reece Burke lost possession and, with Sam Bryam having pushed forward from right-back, Filipe Teixeira exploited the space behind to calmly side-foot the ball past Darren Randolph.     

Irish Independent

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