Thursday 19 July 2018

West Ham's Europa League hopes dashed after shock home defeat to Romanian outfit

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Michail Antonio of West Ham United in action during the UEFA Europa Play-Off Second leg match between West Ham United and FC Astra Giurgiu at London Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Michail Antonio of West Ham United in action during the UEFA Europa Play-Off Second leg match between West Ham United and FC Astra Giurgiu at London Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)

West Ham have failed to qualify for the Europa League after losing 1-0 to Astra Giurgiu at the London Stadium for a 2-1 aggregate defeat in the play-off tie.

After drawing the first leg 1-1 in Romania, Slaven Bilic's men were stunned right on half time when Filipe Teixeira grabbed a crucial away.

Despite piling on the pressure in the second half, the Hammers couldn't find an equaliser and now exit the Europa League at the qualification stage - denying their owners three lucrative group fixtures at their new home, the Olympic Stadium.

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