West Ham United have reached their first European final since 1971 after defeating AZ Alkmaar 1-0 in their Europa League semi-final second leg victory, with Pablo Fornals scoring the only goal to set up their passage into June’s final against Fiorentina.
Unfortunately, however, the joyous moment was marred by an appalling incident after the final whistle at AFAS stadium, when hooded Alkmaar supporters attacked an area where friends and family of West Ham players were sitting.
AZ Alkmaar v West Ham United
West Ham stood firm to prevent AZ Alkmaar from making the match tense, and substitute Pablo Fornals scored the stoppage-time winner that sent them through to their first final since 1976 – ending 43 years of trophy drought! Although the goal prompted wild celebrations from away fans, ugly scenes occurred at full-time when ultras targeted areas where West Ham players’ friends and families were sitting.
David Moyes’ side had to work hard in order to secure their place in the final, and they certainly earned it! They’re now just one game away from joining Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst as West Ham legends.
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West Ham 1-0 AZ Alkmaar
West Ham aren’t going to allow Eintracht Frankfurt’s semi-final heartache from last season’s Europa League to happen again – as evidenced by their measured display at AFAS Stadion against AZ Alkmaar and reaching their first Euro final since 1947 thanks to Pablo Fornals’ late winner for West Ham which will delight travelling fans while giving David Moyes’ side another opportunity to end their trophy drought.
Lucas Paqueta hit the outside of the post and Nayef Aguerd sliced an attempt wide before Fornals made a clinical finish to earn victory and bring joyous celebrations from away supporters – but violence marred its completion when Arizona fans attacked an area hosting West Ham players’ friends and families.
Michail Antonio and Declan Rice had to jump over advertising hoardings to protect their loved ones as punches were exchanged and riot police entered the stadium. Yet Fornals’ goal will remain an unforgettable memory from this bitterly competitive match-up that ended a 47-year wait for glory.
West Ham v Fiorentina
West Ham are on the brink of ending an almost 50-year trophy drought thanks to Pablo Fornals’ late goal against AZ Alkmaar at AFAS Stadion, winning 1-0 and earning their spot in the Europa Conference League final.
The final will take place on June 7 at Prague’s Fortuna Arena – their first European final since defeating FC Basel 4-3 on aggregate in a two-legged UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final back in 1975!
Even after an unfortunate incident that marred their game, Declan Rice’s men found much to celebrate as they crossed the English Channel to arrive in a city with a deep sporting history – Prague in Czechia is currently priced at PS1,100 direct flight according to Skyscanner and thousands of West Ham fans are expected to travel for its title contests.
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West Ham v AZ Alkmaar
West Ham held their nerve to beat AZ Alkmaar and reach their first European final in 47 years, thanks to Pablo Fornals’ stoppage-time winner sparking scenes of celebration among away supporters despite violence emanating from AZ fans, who turned their ire against West Ham players, coaching staff, family, friends and acquaintances located behind the visiting dugout which housed West Ham players’ friends and families.
Moyes completed two successful years at Aston Villa by leading his side to victory at their fortress-like stadium and lifting a trophy – an uplifting conclusion to their struggled season.
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